By Hook Or by Crook: A Journey in Search of English

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Harper Perennial, 2008 - English language - 320 pages
14 Reviews
A personal journey through the groves and thickets of the English language, this title combines personal reflections, historical allusions and travel observations to create a mesmerising account of David Crystal's encounters with the language throughout the world."

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Review: By Hook Or By Crook: A Journey In Search Of English

User Review  - Pam - Goodreads

David Crystal's writing is a lovely balance of academic scholarship, travelogue, and pure curiosity. What a pleasure to read ! Read full review

Review: By Hook Or By Crook: A Journey In Search Of English

User Review  - Judy - Goodreads

A truly enjoyable read. It wanders and rambles it's way around Wales and wider and roams all around the world. I have never enjoyed looking into the origin of names and accents and speech patterns so ... Read full review

About the author (2008)

David Crystal has published over 90 books on the subject of the English language, including two encyclopaedias, 'The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Language' and The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of the English Language'. His book, 'The Stories of English' (2004) was a bestseller for Penguin. He has lectured in linguistics all his life, first at Bangor, then at Reading and is now Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales. He has also been a consultant, contributor or presenter on many radio and TV series (including 'The Story of English').

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