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'A delight and a treasure … David Crystal does a brilliant job of satisfying our curiosity about our mother tongue while illuminating the deepest questions of who we are and where we come from. A magnificent achievement.' Steven Pinker, Harvard

'David Crystal is phenomenal … This is a prodigious achievement … The book contains breadth of range, imaginative insight, and deep understanding … It is pervasively readable and stimulating.' Lord Quirk

'… a superb work that manages to be both scholarly and vastly entertaining … This is a deeply impressive book, for it packs between two covers virtually everything any normal person might care to know about English.' The Washington Post Book World

'… bedazzles … with an eye-popping presentation of … the mother tongue.' The New York Times

'… scholarly and entertaining … the range, scholarly value, interest, attractiveness and (often) humour of the tables, graphics, illustrations, photographs, colour plates, maps, and quoted material is quite stunning. rarely has serious information been presented so colourfully, so strikingly. A splendid work, essential in all libraries and destined to live a long and useful life.' Reference Reviews

'I have been unable to think of a question this book cannot answer … I will risk predicting that Professor Crystal will not be superseded much before the message sent into space on Voyager I … receives an answer.' The Times Literary Supplement

'… it gives … the whole history and grammar, all the theory and practice of English with precision, panache and wit.' The Observer

'… without a doubt one of the most beautiful and enlightening volumes I have handled in some years.' Western Australia Sunday Times

'… an outstanding work … The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language will surely remain the definite text in the field for some time to come.'

'…the most diverting, delightful, imaginative and altogether entertaining compilation ever assembled about spoken and written English.' Parade Magazine

'… bedazzles you with an eye-popping presentation of the cluck-clucking of the mother tongue. If you like fireworks with your information, this is a worthwhile language book …' William Safire, The New York Times Magazine

'… this remarkable book is a goldmine of learning and knowledge … All readers … should find great value, and great pleasure, in this amazing reference book.' Cambridge

'… contains a monstrous amount of information on a fascinating topic arranged in a clear, concise, and, above all, entertaining manner - a dangerous combination indeed, and one that can only lead to uncontrolable reading binges lasting hours or perhaps days.' Quill and Quire

'You can open it to any page and be enthralled.' Indianapolis News

'the Encyclopedia is, of course, a serious work of scholarship, but it is eminently readable.' The Hindu

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The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language is one of the publishing phenomena of recent times. Rarely has a book so packed with accurate and well researched factual information been so widely read and popularly acclaimed. It has played a key role in the spread of general interest in language matters, generating further publications and broadcasting events for an avid audience. Its First Edition appeared in hardback in 1995 and a revised paperback in 1997. There have been numerous subsequent updated reprintings; but this second edition now presents an overhaul of the subject for a new generation of language-lovers and of teachers, students and professional English-users concerned with their own linguistic legacy. The length of the book has been extended and there are 44 new illustrations, extensive new material on world English and Internet English, and a complete updating of statistics, further reading suggestions and other references.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good Introduction to Linguistics, Overall, and the Development of the English Language, in Particular 10 août 2014
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Good introduction to linguistics, overall, and the study of the English Language, in particular. Crystal covers the development of human language, starting with the sound producing organs and the range of sounds that humans can make, then goes into the development of the language(s) of Great Britain starting with the earliest known inhabitants, progressing through successive invasions, mass borrowings as England became the world's pre-eminent power, and then the continuing development of English as a universal language for science, business and general use as a "high status" language. He also devotes a good amount of space to exploring dialects, accents, pidgins and creole languages. As he notes, a linguist does not judge whether a particular usage is "correct." Rather, the linguist merely studies and reports on how a language is being used by its speakers.
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I found it a bit disappointing. Many points made, many missed. Lots of rehash. No compelling insights. Sorry, Mr. Crystal. I am just not your intended audience.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Spread of Global English 4 juillet 2005
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In this book, David Crystal presents the future of the English language. According to Crystal, non-native speakers of English outnumber native speakers of English, so it could be said that English has become global. Add to this the fact that English has become the de facto language of business, science, technology, and diplomacy, and it becomes apparent that English belongs to the world. Crystal argues that English will become more influenced by non-native speakers in the future, so we will have to rethink the idea of the "native speaker". As a world language, English doesn't belong to the native speakers in countries such as England and America, but to all who speak it. To speak a language gives you the right to use it as you will.

This is a very interesting book on the spread of world English. I really recommend it.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A neat use of about 2.5 hours; Dated. 24 octobre 2014
Par Leib Gershon Mitchell - Publié sur
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This book is dated. I was so anxious to buy it that I didn't notice that the date of publication was 1997-- 17 years ago. Nonetheless, I read it (I did pay for it and so needed to get some use of out it).

The problem is that this book did not tell us a lot of what we didn't know already.

1. English started out in England and was the language of the Industrial Revolution;
2. English was also useful in the colonized countries as a common language for these many people who had not spoken the same language in (what became) national borders for thousands of years.
3. It was continued by the United States because it has been the leading economic power for many decades.
4. It stays in use because it is useful for technological purposes and for every day purposes for people who don't understand each other. (Cebuano and Tagalog speakers in the Philippines, for example.)

The book is a very large jumble of facts that I would not have otherwise found in one place, some factoids and some historical.

1. We got to know the origin of that seldom heard language, Scots (not Scottish English);
2. We got to learn about the backward Kenyans, Tanzanians, and Sri Lankans. They took a different direction and made the official language one that no one understood (The Kenyans and Tanzanians) or one that caused a 26 year civil war (Sri Lanka). For the record, the respective GDPs per capita are: $1800, $1700, and $6500.

There are a few very small things with which I take issue in the book:

1. The author said that the ease of use of a language is not a factor in whether it is used outside its place of origin. That is not quite correct. Korea and Vietnam used Chinese characters for a long time, but those were thrown away for local alphabets because an alphabetic writing system (or an abjad) with 20 or so odd letters is easier to handle than 2,000 (or so) iconographs-- even though Chinese would be a logical choice because there are the most native speakers.

2. (p. 9). This is a piddly mistake, but one that should not have been made by a linguist. There is ONE "lingua franca" and there are TWO OR MORE "linguas franca."

3. (p. 32) I don't know to whom (if anyone) this author has been speaking, but: i. American people will not identify a Canadian accent as British; ii. Most American people will not be able to identify a Canadian accent as distinguishable from an American in most cases (excepting those where they add those annoying exaggerated Canadianisms).

4. We learned the origin of the roughly 3 varieties of American English.

Verdict: Recommended at the price of $1. It's not a bad use of 2-3 hours.
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