Books written by David Crystal

We Are Not Amused

October 13, 2017 | 96 pages
Pronunciation governs our regional and social identity more powerfully than any other aspect of spoken language. No wonder, then, that it has attracted most attention from satirists.  More Info

Making Sense

Oxford University Press | August 18, 2019 | 240 pages
In Making Sense, David Crystal confronts the foe of many: grammar. Once taught relentlessly to all students in the English-speaking world, grammar disappeared from most school curricula, so that terms such as "preposition" and "conjunction" now often confound children and adults alike. Explaining... More Info

The Gift of the Gab

Yale University Press | June 20, 2016 | 256 pages
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English As a Global Language

March 29, 2012 | 228 pages
David Crystal's classic English as a Global Language considers the history, present status and future of the English language, focusing on its role as the leading international language. English has been deemed the most 'successful' language ever, with 1500 million speakers internationally,... More Info

The Story of English in 100 Words

St. Martin's Press | March 27, 2012 | 288 pages
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 of the world’s most ubiquitous language, David Crystal draws on one hundred words... More Info

Evolving English

November 4, 2010 | 159 pages
Summary: English is spoken or written today by a third of the world's population - an unprecedented achievement for a language. How has this situation come about? And what happens to a language when it is used by so many? In this illustrated history David Crystal charts the development of the... More Info