Words, Words, Words

Words, Words, Words

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Words, Words, Words is all about the wonders of words -- what they say about who we are, where we come from, and what we do -- and how they continue to shape our lives. This book is divided into six parts, with a series of mini-chapters or themes of 2,000 words each within each part. Part 1 introduces the subject and explores our abiding fascination with words. Parts 2, 3, and 4, look in turn at all aspects of word histories, word variety, and etymology. Part 5concentrates on the enjoyment that words provide and the final section invites readers to investigate further by becoming a word detective. Although informative and written by an expert, the text is light on linguistic jargon and is full of real-life examples of our living language -- how it was, how it is, and how it continues to evolve. Special features will be an opportunity to mine words and expressions in depth. The book will aimto encourage all of us to look at what we say, and how we say it, in a new light.
Publisher: Oxford, England ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
ISBN: 9780198614449
Characteristics: viii, 216 p. ;,20 cm.


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Apr 26, 2018

Playful, enthusiastic, patient, encouraging, and edifying without unnecessary technicalities. This is the best book on language I've ever read (better even than "Language Instinct")! To determine which is the best part of the book would only reveal the reader's own preferences; the section at the end on participating in lexiquests is most useful (including estimating meanings, one's own wordhoard, and childrens' language learning), even if the sources are sticking mostly to the U.K. and U.S.A., and many web sites have moved. Anyone from age 10 to 100 can enjoy and learn from it.

Mar 25, 2016

David Crystal is a master wordsmith indeed. The topic of the book "Words, Words, Words," is linguistics and the English Language. If this tells you that the book will be very boring you're wrong. Crystal's sense of humour makes the book almost a page-turner. I say "Almost" becuase, much as I would have liked to race through the book I stopped every so often to make notes.

The book has encouraged me to make a list of more books on linguistics that I would like to read -- David Crystal's "How Language Works," leads this list.

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