David Crystal

Revitalising the Sound of Shakespearean English

Annie Martirosyan | Posted 23.05.2017 | UK Entertainment
Annie Martirosyan

Judge a book by its cover, always. A picturesque jacket enveloping a creamy hardback, with publication details in turquoise type, a yellow woven boo...

Punctuation - From Heated Debate to New Possibilities

Annie Martirosyan | Posted 04.03.2017 | UK
Annie Martirosyan

Punctuation has triggered some of the most heated arguments ever arisen in the English usage throughout its history. Whilst some punctuation marks hav...

Historical Thesaurus and Language Learning: The Possibilities

Annie Martirosyan | Posted 22.10.2016 | UK
Annie Martirosyan

Etymology and words are not merely a lexicologist's care but can become a healthy passion for everyone. The Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary is one of those treasure books that give you wings. It is a compulsory volume in every home.

Larmy, Mirligo, Betwittered - Resurrecting the Sexy Old Words

Annie Martirosyan | Posted 23.07.2016 | UK
Annie Martirosyan

In 2014, Pan Macmillan published You Say Potato - a book on English accents by Ben Crystal and David Crystal. It was complemented by an innovative map...

A Dictionary You Want to Read From Cover to Cover

Annie Martirosyan | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Annie Martirosyan

If I were to choose one word to describe the Oxford Illustrated Shakespeare Dictionary, it would be - beautiful. This is one of the most beautiful boo...

Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary: Crystal Explains

Annie Martirosyan | Posted 01.02.2015 | UK
Annie Martirosyan

I may as well be a biased reviewer of David Crystal's books given that Words in Time and Place is the 30th book by the author to find a place on my sp...

Wordsmiths and Warriors the Book Every English-Language Tourist Needs

Annie Martirosyan | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK
Annie Martirosyan

No less valuable are the helpful directions at the end of each chapter on how to get to the places by the most convenient and time-saving route.

Celebrating Linguistic Creativity

Annie Martirosyan | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Annie Martirosyan

The recent decades, however, have witnessed an increase in the publication of popular books on academic subjects. "Popular" does not, of course, mean "shallow" or something. A book can be in effect an in-depth academic research but written in a style that will attract wider audiences other than fellow academics...

John Bradburne - The Believer, The Humanist, The Most Prolific English Poet

Annie Martirosyan | Posted 16.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Annie Martirosyan

Not many people know of John Bradburne - not as many as should, since he is probably the most prolific English poet. But you will be excused for think...

A New Gripping Techno-Fantasy Novel By Hilary Crystal

Annie Martirosyan | Posted 05.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Annie Martirosyan

We all love a well-written book with some magic in it that would collect our minds into its pages and let us soar beyond imagination... The intellect...

The Bard, the Birthday and the Facebook Bid

Annie Martirosyan | Posted 21.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Annie Martirosyan

Whatever literary and theatrical reasons there may be to account for Shakespeare's unlimitedness, the power of his language must top them all! It is through his verbal art that Shakespeare managed to breathe eternity into the old stories of his sources. Strip off the language and little is left, you will hear oft.

Etymological Affairs

Annie Martirosyan | Posted 11.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Annie Martirosyan

Few subjects excite the humanity as much as language.

Understanding Language with David Crystal

Annie Martirosyan | Posted 01.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Annie Martirosyan

David Crystal has been unprecedented. Arguably the greatest linguistic shepherd, Crystal has a penchant for presenting language issues in a reader and listener friendly manner that will never leave you dry as you close one of his books or walk out of the hall where he has been lecturing.

Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage - Still Topical

Annie Martirosyan | Posted 07.04.2013 | Home
Annie Martirosyan

The Dictionary on the whole speaks about the extraordinary skill and expertise of Fowler as a lexicographer and linguist. A thing about the Dictionary that endears most perhaps is the author's genuine enthusiasm.

Shakespeare on Toast: The Scottish Play-Guy Fawkes, Will's Rhymes and Other Bardic Delights

Annie Martirosyan | Posted 23.01.2014 | Home
Annie Martirosyan

I particularly appreciate Crystal's frankness and open-mindedness - he never claims every line Shakespeare wrote is sacred. Nor does he blindly accept all of Shakespeare's plays as equally brilliant.

Spell It Out: The Many Shades of English Spelling

Annie Martirosyan | Posted 23.01.2014 | Home
Annie Martirosyan

'Spell It Out' is more than a reader-friendly, comprehensible and comprehensive story of the history and evolvement of English spelling - Professor Crystal gives practical advice in Teaching Appendix as well as throughout the book.