A Journey in Search of Language
By David Crystal
(Overlook Press, Paperback, 9781590202630, 314pp.)
Publication Date: September 2009
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In this discursive jaunt through the groves and thickets of the English language, David Crystal creates a mesmerizing and entertaining narrative account of his encounters with the language and its speakers. Woven from personal reflections, historical allusions, and observations of travelers, this fascinating journey through the language we use every day will have readers thinking twice about each word they speak.
Starting in Wales and moving from England to San Francisco by way of, yes, Poland, Crystal encounters numerous linguistic side roads that he cannot resist exploring, from pubs to trains to Tolkien. "Walking English" captures the seductive, quirky, teasing, tantalizing nature of the language itself?a Bill Bryson-esque exploration of language by our foremost expert on the subject.
Whether near his home in Wales or abroad, linguist David Crystal always travels with an insatiable curiosity about the English language. For his book, Walking English, he hit the road in search of new linguistic experiences. More at NPR.org
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