By Hook or by Crook PDF ePub eBook

Books Info:

By Hook or by Crook free pdf A delightfully discursive, Bill Bryson-esque and personal journey through the groves and the thickets of the English language, by our foremost scholar of the history and structure of the English language. David Crystal has been described (by the Times Higher Education Supplement) as a sort of 'latter day Dr Johnson', a populist linguist who has promoted the study of the English language in an academic and broadcasting career that has so far spanned 40 years and nearly 100 books. Now he has written an engaging travel book of more general appeal. Inspired by W. G. Sebald's 'The Rings of Saturn' and by Bill Bryson's books, he has combined personal reflections, historical allusions and traveller observations to create a mesmerising (and entertaining) narrative account of his encounters with the English language and its speakers throughout the world - from Bangor to Bombay and from Stratford to San Francisco. 'By Hook or by Crook' is an attempt to capture the exploratory, seductive, teasing, tantalising nature of language study. As such, it will appeal to the ever-growing market who like to be entertained as well as instructed.

About David Crystal

David Crystal has published over 90 books on the subject of the English language, including two encyclopaedias, 'The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Language' and The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of the English Language'. His book, 'The Stories of English' (2004) was a bestseller for Penguin. He has lectured in linguistics all his life, first at Bangor, then at Reading and is now Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales. He has also been a consultant, contributor or presenter on many radio and TV series (including 'The Story of English').

Details Book

Author : David Crystal
Publisher : HarperPerennial
Data Published : 01 April 2008
ISBN : 0007235577
EAN : 9780007235575
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 320 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
Rating :

Reviews By Hook or by Crook



17 Comments Add a comment




Related eBooks Download


  • By Hook or by Crook free pdfBy Hook or by Crook

    A delightfully discursive. Bill Bryson-esque and personal journey through the groves and the thickets of the English language. by our foremost scholar of the history and structure of the English language..


  • Mother Tongue free pdfMother Tongue

    'More than 300 million people in the world speak English and the rest. it sometimes seems. try to...' Only Bill Bryson could make a book about the English language so entertaining..


  • English for Language and Linguistics in Higher Education Studies free pdfEnglish for Language and Linguistics in Higher Education Studies

    English Language and Linguistics in Higher Education Studies The Garnet Education English for Specific Academic Purposes series won the Duke of Edinburgh English Speaking Union English Language Book Award in 2009..


  • Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words free pdfBryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words

    One of the English language's most skilled and beloved writers guides us all toward precise. mistake-free usage.
    As usual Bill Bryson says it best: "English is a dazzlingly idiosyncratic tongue..


  • Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words free pdfBryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words

    One of the English language's most skilled and beloved writers guides us all toward precise. mistake-free usage.
    As usual Bill Bryson says it best: "English is a dazzlingly idiosyncratic tongue..


  • By Hook or by Crook free pdfBy Hook or by Crook

    . A delightfully discursive, Bill Bryson-esque and personal journey through the groves and the thickets of the English language, by our foremost scholar of the history and structure of the English lan