David Crystal's How Language Works is a fascinating tour
through the world of language from one of today's most renowned
experts. It ranges over everything from how children learn to read to
what makes words rude or polite, from eyebrow flashes to whistling
languages. Unlocking the secrets of communication in an accessible,
entertaining way, this exhilarating book sheds light on the endless
mysteries of the language we speak, write and read every day.
About The Author
David Crystal was born in 1941 and spent the early years of his
life in Holyhead, North Wales. He went to St Mary's College, Liverpool,
and University College London, where he read English and obtained his
Ph.D. in 1966. He became lecturer in linguistics at University College,
Bangor, and from 1965 to 1985 was at the University of Reading, where
he was Professor of Linguistic Science for several years. His research
interests are mainly in English language studies and the applications
of linguistics, and in the development of book and electronic reference
materials. He is honorary professor of linguistics at the University of
Wales, Bangor, and a past president of the Society of Indexers.
David Crystal has published over 50 books, including Linguistics
(Penguin 1971, second edition 1985), A Dictionary of Linguistics
and Phonetics, Clinical Linguistics, Who Cares About
English Usage? (Penguin 1984; new edition 2000), The English
Language (Penguin 1988), The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language,
The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language, The
Penguin Dictionary of Language (Penguin 1999), Language Death,
Words on Words, a collection of quotations on language and
languages, written in collaboration with Hilary Crystal and Shakespeare's
Words, written in collaboration with Ben Crystal. He is also the
editor of the Cambridge family of general encyclopedias.
David Crystal now lives in Holyhead, where he works as a writer,
lecturer and consultant on language and linguistics, and a reference
books editor. He is also a frequent broadcaster. In June 1995 he was
awarded the OBE for services to the English language.