- Taschenbuch: 336 Seiten
- Verlag: Overlook Books (29. September 2009)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1590202635
- ISBN-13: 978-1590202630
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: 17 - 17 Jahre
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,6 x 2,2 x 20,2 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.478.182 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Walking English: A Journey in Search of Language (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 29. September 2009
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Peels back the layers of history compressed into the [names] he encounters or just thinks of along the way names of places, mainly, but also of abbots, churches, pubs and locomotives. . .Like passing the afternoon with a knowledgeable uncle. "Wall Street Journal"
Every page of Crystal s book contains some linguistic curiosity or flight of fancy. "Financial Times"
?Peels back the layers of history compressed into the [names] he encounters or just thinks of along the way?names of places, mainly, but also of abbots, churches, pubs and locomotives. . .Like passing the afternoon with a knowledgeable uncle. "Wall Street Journal"
?Every page of Crystal's book contains some linguistic curiosity or flight of fancy.? ?"Financial Times"
A delightfully discursive, Bill Bryson-esque and personal journey through the groves and the thickets of the English language, by our foremost scholar of the history and structure of the English language. David Crystal has been described (by the Times Higher Education Supplement) as a sort of 'latter day Dr Johnson', a populist linguist who has promoted the study of the English language in an academic and broadcasting career that has so far spanned 40 years and nearly 100 books. Now, in his first book for Harper Press, he has written an engaging travel book of more general appeal. Inspired by W. G. Sebald's 'The Rings of Saturn' and by Bill Bryson's books, he has combined personal reflections, historical allusions and traveller observations to create a mesmerising (and entertaining) narrative account of his encounters with the English language and its speakers throughout the world -- from Bangor to Bombay and from Stratford to San Francisco. 'By Hook or by Crook' is an attempt to capture the exploratory, seductive, teasing, tantalising nature of language study. As such, it will appeal to the ever -- growing market who like to be entertained as well as instructed. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Highly recommended and I will certainly read other books by David Crystal.
SWalking English: A Journey in Search of Language
I would have welcomed the author's sticking at greater length to some other topics he brings up in his book that I found to be of more absorbing interest, like the rapid growth of English usage in India and the Internet's novel impacts on our language.
I found some of the most enjoyable commentary (for me personally) was associative trivia about the names of things. Three or four paragraphs were about how people often name personal objects that belong to them--not only transport objects like cars, boats, and planes, but even lawnmowers, refrigerators, and wheelbarrows. A man named his wheelbarrow Wilberforce; a woman named her hoover J. Edgar; a man named his butter-knife Marlon. One woman's reasoning for calling her pocket calculator Mr. Spock was because it was green, was extremely logical, and gave her the right answers. A family named its yucca plant Yorick in anticipation of being able to say at its demise, "Alas, poor Yorick!"
Crystal points out how names tend to build up nuances of associative meaning beyond their literal identity: For instance, Scotland Yard has come to be associated with police investigation, White Hall with civil service, Soho with a red-light district, Wimbledon with tennis, the World Trade Center with a terror crisis. He gives a list of famous place names and street names for the reader to read and see how many of them suggest associations. All are British but he points out that every country and city could make its own lists. [I, as an American, felt only pretty good that of 13 streets, I had clear associations with 3, and the strongest of my associations was with Baker Street (the location of Sherlock Holmes' apartment). I had fairly distinct associations with 7 out of 18 place names, those being Ascot, Balmoral, Billingsgate, Eton, Euston, Mayfair, and Sandhurst.]
(Some clever puns used for names of shops that the author noticed in San Francisco were delightful. Will leave to the reader the discovery of those--plus the authoritative statements that Crystal makes in his "search for the English language," which is the subject of his book.)
David Crystal is a well-known and well-respected commentator and writer about language, involved in a variety of literary and linguistic occupations and projects. His literary background and knowledge of the arts is evident throughout the book. Commentaries about Tolkien and Shakespeare should be informative and interesting to many readers. (Crystal has been an adviser as to authentic pronunciation of words from Shakespeare's plays. One learns with interest along the way that words were sometimes pronounced long ago with differently accented syllables than they are today. Like consider the odd way they used to say balCOny, TRAfalgar, reSEARCH...) There's also a great deal of commentary about cathedrals, churches, abbeys, location of holy objects, and cemeteries. Who knows how the famous Pere Lachaise cemetery got its name? Who knows in what city and church Chopin's heart resides? Did you know that the poet Byron pronounced his name "Burn"? The narrative is replete with all sorts of intriguing, obscure, and amusing information. Is a delightful source of learning.
Crystal starts out making observations about language in Wales, then moves about in England, Poland, and America (San Francisco only). Appended to the text is a 5-page list of references and sources, a 6-page index of places that occur in the text, a 6-page list of people and characters, and an 8-page index of topics. This would be a congenial book for lovers of word etymology, language change and development, regional dialects and speech patterns, literature, and history. It does not read like a scholarly treatise. The down-to-earth style would be accessible to most ordinary readers.
A more accurate title for this book would be "Driving around Britain, Making Notes". The great bulk of the material is a travelogue, with tales of places he went, sights he saw, and people he met. Occasionally he tosses in an observation about language, but it seems that Mr. Crystal has exhausted his cornucopia of tales about language. Quite a cornucopia it has been, but now it's empty.
Years ago, the creators of a successful television series decided to shut it down, despite the fact that it still garnered excellent ratings. They explained that they didn't want to follow the usual path of trudging on until thrown out by bad ratings; they wanted to retain the series' reputation for excellence by ending it while the creative spark was still bright.
Would that Mr. Crystal had emulated their example.