Just a Phrase I'm Going Through : My Life in Language, Paperback

Just a Phrase I'm Going Through : My Life in Language Paperback

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Kidnapping, attempted assassination, espionage ...not the answers you'd expect to the question 'what happens when you become a linguist?' But now, reflecting on a long and hugely successful career at the forefront of the field of English Language and Linguistics, David Crystal answers this question and offers us a special look behind the scenes at the adventures, rewards, challenges and pitfalls of his life in language.

Both an autobiography and a highly accessible introduction to the field of linguistics, Just a Phrase I'm Going Through illuminates and entertains us with its many insights into the ever-fascinating subject of language.

David Crystal is synonymous with language, both as a great populariser and linguistic pioneer, and his contribution to the field is unparalleled.

This is a book not just for students and teachers but for all lovers of language.

For more about David Crystal at Routledge, visit: www.routledge.com/textbooks/9780415485746.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages, , black & white plates, colour plates
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
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  • Category: linguistics
  • ISBN: 9780415485746



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17 Oct 2009 - AmazonThe autobiography of the amazingly prolific writer (and editor) on language matters. I've liked Crystal's books for a long time and was thrilled to see he had an autobiography out. This was just as I'd hoped it would be - witty, self-deprecating, not sparing himself at all (there are some very painful passages to do with his family) and with really good explanations of why he took to linguistics, how he was prepared for a career in the subject by both nature and nurture, and of the day to day preparation of books, editorial, journals etc. He did a lot of work with speech and language therapy which is fascinating to read about, and this is a good example of a book that is both informative and entertaining, just like the others of his works that I've read.