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You Say Potato

by Ben Crystal & David Crystal

Some people say scohn, while others say schown.

He says bath, while she says bahth.

You say potayto. I say potahto

And-

-wait a second, no one says potahto. No one's ever said potahto.

Have they?

From reconstructing...


How Language Works

by David Crystal

Steven Pinker meets Bill Bryson in this landmark exploration of language.

In the author's own words, "How Language Works is not about music, cookery, or sex. But it is about how we talk about music, cookery,...


Spell It Out

by David Crystal

The fascinating and surprising history of English spelling from David Crystal, everyone's favorite expert logophile

With The Story of English in 100 Words, David Crystal took us on a tour through the history...


The Story of English in 100 Words

by David Crystal

The world's foremost expert on the English language takes us on an entertaining and eye-opening tour of the history of our vernacular through the ages.

In The Story of English in 100 Words, an entertaining history...


Internet Linguistics: A Student Guide

by David Crystal

The Internet is now an integral part of contemporary life, and linguists are increasingly studying its influence on language. In this student-friendly guidebook, leading language authority Professor David Crystal...


The Gift of the Gab: How Eloquence Works

by David Crystal

We all know eloquence when we hear it. But what exactly is it? And how might we gain more of it for ourselves? This entertaining and, yes, eloquent book illuminates the power of language from a linguistic point...


Making a Point

by David Crystal

The triumphant concluding volume in David Crystal's classic trilogy on the English language combines the first history of English punctuation with a complete guide on how to use it. Behind every punctuation...


Wordsmiths and Warriors: The English-Language Tourists Guide to Britain

by David Crystal & Hilary Crystal

Wordsmiths and Warriors explores the heritage of English through the places in Britain that shaped it. It unites the warriors, whose invasions transformed the language, with the poets, scholars, reformers, and...


Words in Time and Place: Exploring Language Through the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary

by David Crystal

Did you know that the English language has over 150 words for the adjective drunk developed over 1,000 years? Be prepared to learn words you have never heard before, find out fascinating facts behind everyday...


Introduction to Language Pathology

by David Crystal & Rosemary Varley

This new edition includes the introduction of the WHO distinctions between impairment, disability and handicap; an increased focus on information processing approaches to language disorders, and the introduction...


Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics

by David Crystal

David Crystal's A Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics has long been the standard single-volume reference for its field. Now available in its sixth edition, it has been revised and updated to reflect the...


The Language Revolution

by David Crystal

We are living through the consequences of a linguistic revolution. Dramatic linguistic change has left us at the beginning of a new era in the evolution of human language, with repercussions for many individual...