This week’s Book of the Week is David Crystal’s exhilarating journey through the mysteries and vagaries of language, A Little Book of Language. It is available to order from the Globe shop here.
David Crystal is one of the world’s pre-eminent language specialists. Regular visitors to the Globe may recognise him from the Exploring Original Pronunciation events which he presents here with his son, Ben.
Here’s what the critics say about Crystal’s book:
'Demotic, lively, rigorous but unabashedly unpedantic, Crystal indulges himself with great good humour in his little book of love for the pleasures of language and words worldwide.'
'A Little Book of Language may be for children (of all ages, as the saying goes), yet it's by no means childish or juvenile. In other words, buy it for your son or daughter, but read it yourself.'
The Washington Post
‘Crystal-clear, witty and informative, a book to bring out the linguist in us all.’
‘A delightful guide to language and its development.’
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Look out every Friday for our weekly feature on particularly noteworthy and memorable Shakespeare books, available from the Globe Shop. A Little Book of Language is available for £8.99 in the Globe shop.