Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Top 10 books on the English language

David Crystal is Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor. In 1995, he was awarded the Order of the British Empire for services to the English language. His latest book is The Story of English in 100 Words.

In 2006 Crystal named his top ten books on the English language for the Guardian, including:
Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson

I have the greatest of admiration for non-specialists who take an interest in a subject and explore it with respect and accuracy, adding a level of accessibility and an individual slant that academics would do well to emulate. Few have succeeded; and none have succeeded so well as Bill Bryson in this book. It's a delightful, easy-to-read survey - though with its good humour, wealth of anecdote, and boyish enthusiasm, "romp" would be a better word.
Read about the other entries on Crystal's list.

--Marshal Zeringue