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  • The Mirrinth
    The Mirrinth - e-book
    - £5 (excl VAT)
    A day out at Great House turns out to be more than a boring tour round a stately home for Liss and Josh. A chance meeting with young Emily sends them into the Hall of Mirrors on a desperate search for a missing boy.
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    The Gift of the Gab
    An exploration of what is involved in the notion of eloquence, as encountered in the best public speakers and in everyday speech situations. It makes the case that eloquence is for everyone.
  • The Unbelievable Hamlet Discovery
    The Unbelievable Hamlet Discovery - e-book
    - £3 (excl VAT)
    Rumours that a lost Hamlet quarto has been found have been circulating among Shakespeare scholars and booksellers for the past decade. An April 1st publication for the quartercentenary 2016.
  • The Unbelievable Hamlet Discovery
    The Unbelievable Hamlet Discovery - Print on Demand (PoD)
    - £6.0
    Rumours that a lost Hamlet quarto has been found have been circulating among Shakespeare scholars and booksellers for the past decade. An April 1st publication for the quartercentenary in 2016.
  • The Memors - Glossary
    The Memors Glossary - Print on Demand (PoD)
    - £7
    This glossary contains all words or expressions in the novel other than those that appear in the Longman 2000-word defining vocabulary (see the appendix to the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English), as well as words using nonstandard spellings and colloquial abbreviations.
  • ODOSP
    The Oxford Dictionary of Original Shakespearean Pronunciation
    A dictionary of Shakespearean vocabulary, including all the words in the First Folio, with Early Modern English pronunciation shown in IPA. Entries contain all rhymes and spelling variants. There is an associated audio website.
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    You Say Potato: A Book About Accents
    Co-written with Ben Crystal, and first published in 2014, a lively account of the history and use of English accents, and how they have affected our lives; paperback edition.
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    The Oxford Illustrated Shakespeare Dictionary
    A collaboration between David and Ben Crystal, with full-colour illustrations by Kate Bellamy. A combination of dictionary and encyclopedia providing clear explanations of the less familiar vocabulary of Shakespeare's most popular plays.
  • Unknown
    You Say Potato: A Book About Accents
    Co-written with Ben Crystal, and published in 2014, a lively account of the history and use of English accents, and how they have affected our lives.
  • WTP
    Words in Time and Place
    Published in 2014, an exploration of the English language through the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary.
  • Unknown-1
    Wordsmiths and Warriors: The English-language Tourist's Guide to Britain
    A linguistic travelogue, published in 2013, visiting places in Great Britain where something important happened to influence the development or study of the English language.
  • Language A-Z (Student edition)
    Language A to Z (Student edition) - e-book
    - £5 (excl VAT)
    A new edition of this guide to language terms for students of English in the National Curriculum. First published in 1991, it is now made available again through the Crystal Books Project.
  • Language A-Z (Teachers edition)
    Language A to Z (Teacher's edition) - e-book
    - £10 (excl VAT)
    A new edition of the companion book to Language A to Z, with a commentary on all the entries in the student book.
  • Language Play
    Language Play - e-book
    - £6 (excl VAT)
    This lively introduction to the playful use of language, first published in 1998, is made available again through the Crystal Books Project.
  • Words on Words
    Words on Words - e-book
    - £15 (excl VAT)
    The award-winning anthology of quotations about language is made available again through the Crystal Books Project.
  • Language Play
    Language Play - Print on Demand (PoD)
    - £10.0
    This lively introduction to the playful use of language, first published in 1998, is made available again through the Crystal Books Project.
  • The Memors
    The Memors - e-book
    - £5 (excl VAT)
    Published in 2013, Hilary Crystal’s debut techno-fantasy novel is now available through the Crystal Books Project.
  • The Memors
    The Memors - Print on Demand (PoD)
    - £7.0
    Published in 2013, Hilary Crystal’s debut techno-fantasy novel is now available through the Crystal Books Project.
  • The Memors - Glossary
    The Memors Glossary - e-book
    - £5 (excl VAT)
    This glossary contains all words or expressions in the novel other than those that appear in the Longman 2000-word defining vocabulary (see the appendix to the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English), as well as words using nonstandard spellings and colloquial abbreviations
  • Spell it out
    Spell it Out: the Singular Story of English Spelling
    Published in 2012, an account of the way English spelling has developed its present character, arguing that the task of learning to spell can be eased if we understand where the irregularities come from.
  • The story of english in 100 words
    The Story of English in 100 Words
    Published in 2011, this is a personal selection of 100 words, each representing a strand in the history of the language, and providing a hook on which to hang a discussion of linguistic developments and fashions.
  • The story of english in 100 words - audiobook
    The Story of English in 100 Words: Audio Book
    Published in 2011, an unabridged reading of the book by the author; seven discs contain almost eight hours of recording.
  • Begat - The King James Bible
    Begat
    Published in 2010 to mark the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, this book answers the question ‘How much impact has this translation had on the present-day character of the English language?’
  • David Crystals Introduction to language
    David Crystal’s Introduction to Language
    A 3-hour DVD, published in 2011, presenting a series of specially recorded lectures introducing the subject of language. A companion website provides extra clips from the lectures, synopses, commentary, a glossary of terms, multiple-choice questions, and activities.
  • A Little Book of Language
    A Little Book of Language
    Published in 2010, this introduction was written for a series following the model of Ernst Gombrich’s A Little History of the World, to make the subject of language accessible to young people.
  • Internet Linguistics
    Internet Linguistics
    Published in 2011, this book is in some ways a sequel to Language and the Internet, but now focussing on the study of the Internet as a branch of linguistics. It includes case studies of Twitter, Internet security, and online advertising, with each chapter providing activities and suggestions for further research.
  • Evolving English - One Language - Many Voices
    Evolving English: One Language, Many Voices
    Published in 2010, to accompany the British Library’s 2010-11 exhibition on the English language, with over 150 texts given a commentary and full-colour illustration.
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    Txtng: the Gr8 Db8
    Published in 2008, this was the first thorough exploration of the language used in text-messaging, including a critique of the way this has been misrepresented in the media, and a review of educational research into texting and literacy.
  • Just a Phrase I_m Going Through - My Life in Language - Audio Book
    Just a Phrase I’m Going Through: My Life in Language: Audio Book
    Published in 2009, an abridged version of the autobiography, read by the author. Four discs contain some five hours of recording.
  • Just a Phrase I'm Going Through - My Life in Language
    Just a Phrase I'm Going Through: My Life in Language
    Published in 2009, this autobiographical memoir describes the evolution of the author’s involvement in language study, and reflects on its delights and dangers.
  • The future of language
    The Future of Language
    Published in 2009, this DVD contains three of David Crystal’s one-hour lectures: ‘The future of Englishes’, ‘Language death’, and ‘Internet linguistics’. An accompanying book provides a usage and cultural commentary on the lectures, suggestions for further reading, and ideas for classroom activities. The DVD has English subtitles, and both DVD and book have indexes.
  • A Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics_ 6th edn
    A Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics, 6th edn
    This ground-breaking dictionary was first published in 1980, and has been regularly revised every five years or so to keep pace with the rapid changes in linguistic terminology. The 2008 edition now contains some 5,100 terms grouped into over 3,000 entries.
  • Think on my Words
    Think on my Words: Exploring Shakespeare's Language
    Published in 2008, this introduction explores the myths and realities surrounding Shakespeare’s use of language, and provides a detailed analysis of orthography, pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, and conversational style.
  • Words Words Words
    Words, Words, Words
    Published in 2006 as a companion to a BBC television series about the Oxford English Dictionary, this book explores all aspects of the world of words, and suggests ways in which anyone can become a ‘word detective’.
  • How Langauge Works (cover)
    How Language Works
    Published in 2005, this introduction tells the story of language in over 70 short, self-contained chapters, with a fresh orientation provided through the emphasis on ‘how’ linguistic behaviour operates.
  • How Langauge Works (paperback)
    How Language Works [US edition]
    Published in 2005, this introduction tells the story of language in over 70 short, self-contained chapters, with a fresh orientation provided through the emphasis on ‘how’ linguistic behaviour operates.
  • As they say in Zanzibar
    As They Say in Zanzibar
    Published in 2006, this collection of over 2000 proverbs from 100 countries was the first to appear for almost a century. The material is organized into 468 themes and searched through five indexes, including a correlation with the semantic categories in Roget’s Thesaurus.
  • The Fight for English
    The Fight for English
    Published in 2006, this book was written in response to Lynne Truss’s Eats, Shoots and Leaves, but broadened its coverage to provide a critique of the entire prescriptive tradition in the history of English.
  • Language and the Internet
    Language and the Internet, 2nd edn
    First published in 2001, the rapid evolution of the Internet motivated a 2nd edition in 2006. New chapters on blogging and instant messaging supplement the earlier accounts of emails, chatgroups, virtual worlds, and the World Wide Web.
  • Dr Johnsons Dictionary - an Anthology
    Dr Johnson's Dictionary: an Anthology
    Published in 2005, this selection of some 4000 words from Dr Johnson’s Dictionary was made to celebrate its 250th anniversary, and includes background information about Johnson, as well as the Plan and Preface of the original work.
  • The Stories of English
    The Stories of English
    Published in 2004, this account of the history of the language places nonstandard varieties of English at the centre of the narrative, providing an alternative view to those accounts which focus exclusively on standard English.
  • Pronouncing Shakespeare
    Pronouncing Shakespeare
    Published in 2005, this is an account of the 2004 production of Romeo and Juliet in original pronunciation by Shakespeare’s Globe, reporting the entire history of the event from its initial planning, through rehearsals and performance, to critical reaction.
  • The Shakespeare Miscellany
    The Shakespeare Miscellany
    Published in 2005, this is a compilation by David and Ben Crystal of observations about Shakespeare’s life, times, language, plays, and poems.
  • A Glossary of Netspeak and Textspeak
    A Glossary of Textspeak and Netspeak
    Published in 2004, this is a glossary of the terminology entering English as a result of the Internet and mobile phone technology, and gives a dictionary-style treatment to words which have begun to change their meaning in colloquial speech.
  • Make Sense of Grammar
    Making Sense of Grammar
    This sequel to Rediscover Grammar was published in 2004, adding a focus on meaning and use to the analysis of grammatical structure. Each chapter begins with a summary of the corresponding chapter in the earlier book, and then interprets the points in a semantic and pragmatic way, providing many examples of the way grammar operates in everyday use.
  • Shakespeares Words
    Shakespeare's Words
    This book was published by David and Ben Crystal in 2002, presenting the 14,000 or so words and expressions that can cause difficulty or be ambiguous to the modern reader. Each item is glossed and illustrated by at least one quotation, and a further thematic dimension is provided by over 60 panels and appendices, and diagrams of the character interactions in each play.
  • Rediscover Grammar
    Rediscover Grammar
    First published in 1998, this standard introduction to grammar for teachers and students had a third edition in 2004, including new sections on ethnic variation, electronic communication, and analysis of grammar in whole texts.
  • The Language Revolution
    The Language Revolution
    Published in 2004, this book was published in a series called ‘Themes for the 21st Century’, and interrelates three major trends: global English, endangered languages, and the Internet
  • Language Death
    Language Death
    Published in 2000, this was the first general introduction to the phenomenon of language endangerment and death of the world’s minority languages, reviewing the data, exploring the reasons, and discussing solutions.
  • John Bradburne's Mutemwa
    John Bradburne's Mutemwa
    This introduction to the life and work of the missionary poet John Bradburne was compiled by David and Hilary Crystal in 2000. The most prolific poet in the English language, his oeuvre can be explored at johnbradburnepoems.com
  • Introduction to Language Pathology
    Introduction to Language Pathology, 4th edn
    This standard textbook was first published in 1980, and developed a greater therapeutic dimension when Rosemary Varley joined David Crystal for the 3rd edition in 1993. The 4th edition of 1998 includes recent developments in terminology and information-processing psychology, and adds revision questions.
  • The cambridge encyclopedia of language
    The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language, 3rd edn
    First published in 1987, this best-selling encyclopedia was completely redesigned and updated for its 3rd edition in 2010, with additional sections on recent developments, especially in phonetics, language disability, and electronic communication.
  • Encyclopedia of the English Language
    The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language, 2nd edn
    First published in 1995, the 2003 edition of this best-selling encyclopedia on the history, structure, and variety of English worldwide adds fresh material on global English, a new chapter on the English of the Internet, additional illustrations, and a general updating of statistics and bibliography.
  • Discover Grammar
    Discover Grammar
    This book was first published in 1996 as a classroom companion to Rediscover Grammar. The chapters, corresponding to those in the earlier book, are organised into double-page spreads, with explanation on the left-hand side and activities on the right.
  • Listen to your child
    Listen to Your Child
    First published in 1986, this introduction to child language acquisition was written for parents and others who care for children, and covers development from birth to the early school years.