Words on words: quotations about language and languages
Heidegger called language 'the house of Being', which draws attention to the intrinsic importance of language in our lives. It surrounds and informs all that we do and colours our perception of the world. Most writers have at one stage in their lives written on this subject but never before has anyone attempted to collect these thoughts in one book. Now David and Hilary Crystal have produced a wise and entertaining selection of over 5,000 quotations from sources as diverse as Plato and Winnie the Pooh. The quotations are arranged thematically under 65 different headings from 'The Nature of Language' through the 'Language of Politics' to 'Quoting and Misquoting'. There are three indexes - key words, sources and authors - which give the reader different entry points to the collection. Where appropriate, the quotation has been annotated with a brief description of the context so that its full meaning is understood. This is a uniquely useful and entertaining reference book - collecting the thoughts of hundreds of writers on this most interesting of subjects.
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Words on Words: Quotations about Language and Languages
David Crystal,Hilary Crystal
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