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Penguin dictionary of language

Paperback, 05/08/1999, £12.99
Provides information on language, languages, linguistics, grammatical and literary concepts.

Penguin Book of Facts

Paperback, 05/08/2004, £10.99
This is the ultimate one-stop resource. Easy to use with the latest facts, figures and statistics on every conceivable subject - from science and technology to sport and culture, and religion and mythology.

Penguin Pocket Book of Facts, The

7, 25/08/2005, £5.99
Part of Penguin's major new series of reference titles ranging from Spanish and French dictionaries to books on spelling and babies' names.

Penguin Pocket Dictionary of Quotations, The

7, 25/08/2005, £5.99
Part of Penguin's major new series of reference titles ranging from Spanish and French dictionaries to books on spelling and babies' names.

We Are Not Amused: Victorian Views on Pronunciation as Told in the Pages of Punch

Hardback, 13/10/2017, £12.99
David Crystal shows how our feelings about pronunciation today have their origins in the way our Victorian predecessors thought about the subject, as revealed in the pages of the satirical magazine, 'Punch'. Richly illustrated, this is a fascinating and highly entertaining insight into our ongoing amusement and prejudice at how we speak.

Evolving English

Paperback, 01/10/2010, £16.95
In this illustrated history David Crystal charts the development of the language from the earliest runic inscriptions in Old English, through the emergence of a standard variety of English between 1400 and 1800, to the most modern forms of the language in 'concrete' and 'text' poetry.

Story of be: A Verb's-Eye View of the English Language

Hardback, 04/05/2017, £12.99
It's the most simple, unassuming, innocent-looking verb: 'to be'. Yet it is jam-packed with more different meanings, forms, and uses than any other English word. As he reveals be's multiple incarnations, David Crystal takes us to the heart of our flexible and changing language, with the help of wonderfully entertaining examples and cartoons.

Disappearing Dictionary: A Treasury of Lost English Dialect Words

Hardback, 21/05/2015, £12.99
A beautiful gift book that collects together brilliantly quirky English dialect words, before they disappear for ever.

Oxford Dictionary of Original Shakespearean Pronunciation

Hardback, 24/03/2016, £25.00
This dictionary is the first comprehensive description of Shakespearean original pronunication (OP), enabling practitioners to deal with any queries about the pronunciation of individual words. It includes all the words in the First Folio, transcribed using IPA, and the accompanying website hosts sound files as a further aid to pronunciation.

Stories of English

Paperback, 05/05/2005, £12.99
This superbly well-informed - and also wonderfully entertaining - history of the English language answers all these questions, showing how the many strands of English (Standard English, dialect and slang among them) developed to create the richly-varied language of today.

Just a Phrase

Paperback, 29/04/2009, £23.99
An autobiography and an introduction to the field of linguistics. It offers us a look behind the scenes at the adventures, rewards, challenges and pitfalls of his life in language. It is suitable not just for students and teachers but for lovers of language.