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Review of G. Steiner, Language and silence
The Tablet, 1967
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Review of Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English 2
for Japanese office of Longman (Maruzen, 1987)
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Sound and fury
Guardian, 13 January 2018, 17 [editor's title]
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Sounds appealing: the passionate story of English pronunciation
(London: Profile Books, 2018), 296 pp. 9781781256091
Sounds appealing: the passionate story of English pronunciation
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Sounds Appealing
Published in 2018, an exploration of all aspects of English pronunciation, using a wide range of illustrations from past and present-day states of the language, along with some thoughts about the future.
Speaking to the World about Speaking to the World
In Michael Kelly (ed), Languages after Brexit: how the UK speaks to the world (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), 241-50
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Spell it out: the singular story of English spelling
(London: Profile Books, 2012), vii + 328 pp. (h/b) 9781846685675; (p/b, 2013) 9781846685682; (ebook) 9781847658227; US edn (New York: St Martin's Press, 2012, subtitle 'the curious, enthralling, and extraordinary story of English spelling'), (h/b) 9781250003478; (ebook) 9781250028860
Supplementary material to Think on my Words
Items not included in the book, pp. 124
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Taking account of the linguistic revolution
In David Head, Elspeth Jones, Michael Kelly and Teresa Tinsley (eds), Setting the agenda for languages in higher education (London: CILT, 2003), 9-23
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Teaching original pronunciation
In Mary Hayes & Allison Burkette (eds), Approaches to Teaching the History of the English Language: Pedagogy in Practice (New York, Oxford University Press, 2017), 335-44
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​The Cambridge encyclopedia of the English language
Cambridge: CUP, 2019, 3rd edition, viii+573 pp. 9781108423595; paperback edition 9781108437738
The disappearing dictionary: a treasury of lost dialect words
(London: Macmillan), xxiii + 225 pp. 9781447282808
The future of Englishes: going local
in Roberta Facchinetti, David Crystal and Barbara Seidlhofer (eds), From international to local English - and back again (Bern: Lang, 2011), 17-25; reprinted with minor adaptation in TESOL-Spain, Selected Papers 2014-15 - from the Madrid 2014 conference: '21st Century Teaching: Always on the Move' (Salamanca, 2016), 11-18.
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The Gift of the Gab
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An exploration of what is involved in the notion of eloquence, as encountered in the best public speakers and in everyday speech situations. It makes the case that eloquence is for everyone.
An exploration of what is involved in the notion of eloquence, as encountered in the best public speakers and in everyday speech situations. It makes the case that eloquence is for everyone.
The gift of the gab: how eloquence works
(New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2016), xi + 244 pp. (h/b) 9780300214260, (p/b) 9780300226409; Korean translation, 2016, 9791187444946
The lure of words
In John R Taylor (ed), The Oxford handbook of the word (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015), 23-8
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The Memors - e-book
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The Memors
Published in 2013, Hilary Crystal’s debut techno-fantasy novel is now available through the Crystal Books Project.
Published in 2013, Hilary Crystal’s debut techno-fantasy novel is now available through the Crystal Books Project.

'A truly enthralling story ... The style of writing is refined, engrossing, and keeps you on tenterhooks throughout.' (Huffington Post)

'From start to finish, I found it impossible to put down. It is thoroughly a great book.' (Harry, aged 13)

David Crystal's Glossary provides extra help for young learners whose mother-tongue is not Englsh.

NOTE: The e-book you purchase can be read on most eReaders. If you have a Kindle device you will need to select the Mobi file to download after you have paid for your e-book, but for any other device please download the normal ePub file.
The Memors Glossary: an ELT Resource for Language Learners
(Holyhead: Crystal Books, 2014), 173 pp, 9781909459168
The Memors Glossary - e-book
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The Memors - Glossary
This glossary contains all words or expressions in the novel other than those that appear in the Longman 2000-word defining vocabulary (see the appendix to the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English), as well as words using nonstandard spellings and colloquial abbreviations
This glossary contains all words or expressions in the novel other than those that appear in the Longman 2000-word defining vocabulary (see the appendix to the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English), as well as words using nonstandard spellings and colloquial abbreviations.

The definitions have been adapted from this dictionary, with additional entries using the same defining vocabulary.
The Memors Glossary - Print on Demand (PoD)
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The Memors - Glossary
This glossary contains all words or expressions in the novel other than those that appear in the Longman 2000-word defining vocabulary (see the appendix to the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English), as well as words using nonstandard spellings and colloquial abbreviations.
This glossary contains all words or expressions in the novel other than those that appear in the Longman 2000-word defining vocabulary (see the appendix to the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English), as well as words using nonstandard spellings and colloquial abbreviations.

The definitions have been adapted from this dictionary, with additional entries using the same defining vocabulary.
The Memors - Print on Demand (PoD)
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The Memors
Published in 2013, Hilary Crystal’s debut techno-fantasy novel is now available through the Crystal Books Project.
Published in 2013, Hilary Crystal’s debut techno-fantasy novel for tweenagers is now available through the Crystal Books Project.

'A truly enthralling story ... The style of writing is refined, engrossing, and keeps you on tenterhooks throughout.' (Huffington Post)

'From start to finish, I found it impossible to put down. It is thoroughly a great book.' (Harry, aged 13)

David Crystal's Glossary provides extra help for young learners whose mother-tongue is not Englsh.

NOTE: The e-Book you purchase can be read on most eReaders. If you have a Kindle device you will need to select the Mobi file to download after you have paid for your e-Book, but for any other device please download the normal ePub file.
The Mirrinth - e-book
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The Mirrinth
A day out at Great House turns out to be more than a boring tour round a stately home for Liss and Josh. A chance meeting with young Emily sends them into the Hall of Mirrors on a desperate search for a missing boy.
A day out at Great House turns out to be more than a boring tour round a stately home for Liss and Josh.

A chance meeting with young Emily sends them into the Hall of Mirrors on a desperate search for a missing boy.

Emily has lent Liss an amazing device to take with them, a device that Silas Enderson, owner of Great House, claims for his own family. Bumbling Bob Holpweed is back. He’s only days into his new job at Great House, after his adventures in The Memors, but he already has a feeling that something very strange is going on in he Hall of Mirrors.

He’s determined to investigate, and Silas Enderson is equally determined to stop him. Can Liss and Josh find the lost boy and keep Emily’s treasured possession out of Enderson’s clutches?

Will Holpweed be able to help them – or will he just get in the way, as usual?

Follow Liss and Josh into The Mirrinth, and find out..
The Mirrinth - Print on Demand (PoD)
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A day out at Great House turns out to be more than a boring tour round a stately home for Liss and Josh. A chance meeting with young Emily sends them into the Hall of Mirrors on a desperate search for a missing boy.
A day out at Great House turns out to be more than a boring tour round a stately home for Liss and Josh.

A chance meeting with young Emily sends them into the Hall of Mirrors on a desperate search for a missing boy.

Emily has lent Liss an amazing device to take with them, a device that Silas Enderson, owner of Great House, claims for his own family. Bumbling Bob Holpweed is back. He’s only days into his new job at Great House, after his adventures in The Memors, but he already has a feeling that something very strange is going on in he Hall of Mirrors.

He’s determined to investigate, and Silas Enderson is equally determined to stop him. Can Liss and Josh find the lost boy and keep Emily’s treasured possession out of Enderson’s clutches?

Will Holpweed be able to help them – or will he just get in the way, as usual?

Follow Liss and Josh into The Mirrinth, and find out.
The more things change...
IATEL Voices 250 (2016), 11
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The nature of advanced conversation: stereotype and reality in linguistics and language teaching
IRAL Sonderband, Kongressbericht der 4 Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für angewandte Linguistik (Heidelberg: Gross, 1974), 1-20. Used as part of Crystal & Davy, 1975. Reprinted in Directions in Applied Linguistics
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The Oxford Dictionary of Original Shakespearean Pronunciation
ODOSP
A dictionary of Shakespearean vocabulary, including all the words in the First Folio, with Early Modern English pronunciation shown in IPA. Entries contain all rhymes and spelling variants. There is an associated audio website.
A dictionary of Shakespearean vocabulary, including all the words in the First Folio, with Early Modern English pronunciation shown in IPA. Entries contain all rhymes and spelling variants. An introduction discusses the nature of the evidence in phonological reconstruction and explains the history of the modern OP movement. There is an associated audio website.
The Oxford dictionary of original Shakespearean pronunciation
(Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), li + 648 pp. 9780199668427
The Oxford Illustrated Shakespeare Dictionary
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A collaboration between David and Ben Crystal, with full-colour illustrations by Kate Bellamy. A combination of dictionary and encyclopedia providing clear explanations of the less familiar vocabulary of Shakespeare's most popular plays.
A collaboration between David and Ben Crystal, with full-colour illustrations by Kate Bellamy. A combination of dictionary and encyclopedia providing clear explanations of the less familiar vocabulary of Shakespeare's most popular plays.
The playful story of English grammar
The Link (Speech Link Multimedia) 14, 2019, 4-5
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The stories of English
(London: Penguin, 2004), viii+565 pp. 0 713 99752 4; paperback edition 0 141 01593 4. US h/b edition, New York: Overlook Press, 1 58567 601 2; p/b 1 58567 719 1; Chinese simplified characters translation, h/b 2016, The Commercial Press, 978 7 100 11791 3
The story of Be: a verb's-eye view of the English language
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017, xiii + 191 pp. 9780198791096
The story of English in 100 words
(London: Profile, 2011) xxi + 260 pp. 9781846684272; p/b (2012) 9781846684289; p/b (New York: St Martin's Press, Picador edition, 2013) 9781250024206; Japanese translation (2013) 9789867120557; audio book from Audiogo, 8 CDs, 7 hr 55 min. 9781445865195; (Chivers Audiobooks, CCD 2774) 9781445860626; (Sound Library, SLD 2882) 9780792791546
The story of English punctuation: Making a Point
emagazine 71, 2016, 9-11
The story of language
Broadcast talk, The Essay, Radio 3, 3 June 2016
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The tongue that Shakespeare really spoke
Babel 7 (May 2014), 14-18
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The unbelievable Hamlet discovery
(Holyhead: Crystal Books, 2016), 72 pp. 9781909459199
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The Unbelievable Hamlet Discovery
Rumours that a lost Hamlet quarto has been found have been circulating among Shakespeare scholars and booksellers for the past decade. An April 1st publication for the quartercentenary in 2016.
Rumours that a lost Hamlet quarto has been found have been circulating among Shakespeare scholars and booksellers for the past decade. As part of the quartercentenary Shakespeare celebrations, and in response to enormous popular demand, David Crystal made the text of his discovery available to the general public, published on 1 April 2016.

This book will revolutionize our understanding of Shakespeare.
Journal of H Studies

Crystal's insightful introduction will stimulate a new generation of Shakespeare scholars. Who knows what further discoveries now await us?
Octolitteraphilic Review

It brought tears to my eyes.
Horatio, via Twitter
The world in which we live in: Beatles, blends and blogs
Plenary paper to IATEFL annual conference, Liverpool, 9 April 2013, shortened version in Tania Pattison (ed), IATEFL 2013 (Faversham: IATEFL, 2014), 10-17
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The world's favourite language
Speak Up (Milano) 341, August 2013, 42-3 [transcription of audio recording]
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The world's favourite language
SpeakUp Speciale 7, October 2016, 24-5
To surf or not to surf: that is the question
The Ben Bowen Thomas lecture (Arts Council of Wales), 21 November 1996; published in Network 1, December 1998, 3-10
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We Are Not Amused
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An illustrated account of the way Victorians thought about pronunciation, as reflected in the articles and cartoons published in the satirical magazine, Punch.
We are not amused: Victorian views on pronunciation as told in the pages of Punch
(Oxford: Bodleian Library Publishing, October 2017). 9781851244782
What do we do with an International Year of Languages?
Paper given to the UNESCOCat forum, Barcelona, European Languages Day, 26 September 2007; reprinted in Bosnistika Plus 1 (2013), 121-33
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Whatever happened to theolinguistics?
In Paul Chilton & Monika Kopytowska (eds), Religion, language, and the human mind (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2018), 3-18
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What is linguistics?
(London: Edward Arnold, 1985), 4th edn x + 83 pp. 0 7131 6443 3; Turkish translation, Dilbilim Nedir? (Ankara: Pegem Akademi, 2016) 978 605 318 485 0.
Who would of thought it? The English language 1966-2066
Plenary paper to IATEFL, 13 March 2016, Birmingham, UK; abridged version in T. Pattison (ed.), IATEFL 2016: Birmingham Conference Selections (Faversham: IATEFL, 2017), 107-14; reprinted in Anglo Files 184, May 2017 (Danish Association of Teachers of English), 62-73.
Word for word
New Media Age, 13 March 2008, 22-3
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Words, words, words
(Oxford: OUP, 2006), viii+216 pp. 0 19 861444 6; Korean translation, 2010 (Sotong), 9788993454338
Words in Time and Place
WTP
Published in 2014, an exploration of the English language through the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary.
Published in 2014, an exploration of the English language through the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary.
Words in time and place: exploring language through the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary
(Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014), xvi + 288 pp. 9780199680474
Wordsmiths and Warriors: the David Crystal Interview
Babel 6 (February 2014), 14-18
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Wordsmiths and Warriors: the English-Language Tourist's Guide to Britain
[with Hilary Crystal], Oxford: Oxford University Press 2013, vii + 424 pp, 9780199668120; p/b edn 2015, 9780198729136; chapter 4 reprinted in Babel 6 (February 2014), 14-17, with interview
Wordsmiths and Warriors: The English-language Tourist's Guide to Britain
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A linguistic travelogue, published in 2013, visiting places in Great Britain where something important happened to influence the development or study of the English language.
A linguistic travelogue, published in 2013, visiting places in Great Britain where something important happened to influence the development or study of the English language.
Words on Words - e-book
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Words on Words
The award-winning anthology of quotations about language is made available again through the Crystal Books Project.
When this book appeared in 2000, it was the first published anthology of quotations on language and languages, containing over 5000 entries from over 1000 sources. The e-book adds search facilities and offers opportunities for reader interaction. New quotations will be added by the authors, as they are encountered, and proposals for inclusion from readers will be welcomed.

Judging by the feedback we have received over the past decade, Words on Words has been used in a wide variety of contexts, from professional linguists and students of language to those simply wanting to enhance their text or speech with an apt quotation about pronunciation, slang, style, or some other popular aspect of language.

As the sources range from Plato to Winnie-the-Pooh, and from Shakespeare to James Bond, there is likely to be something in here for every language-related occasion. It is, as Philip Howard described it in a Times review, ‘invaluable for all who sound off about language’.

The first edition of this book received a Wheatley Medal from the Society of Indexers.

NOTE: The e-book you purchase can be read on most eReaders. If you have a Kindle device you will need to select the Mobi file to download after you have paid for your e-book, but for any other device please download the normal ePub file.
You Say Potato: a Book about Accents
[with Ben Crystal] (Macmillan, 2014), 248 pp; (h/b) 9781447249696; (p/b, 2015) 9781447255468; audio book available
You Say Potato: A Book About Accents
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Co-written with Ben Crystal, and published in 2014, a lively account of the history and use of English accents, and how they have affected our lives.
Co-written with Ben Crystal, and published in 2014, a lively account of the history and use of English accents, and how they have affected our lives.
You Say Potato: A Book About Accents
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Co-written with Ben Crystal, and first published in 2014, a lively account of the history and use of English accents, and how they have affected our lives; paperback edition.
Co-written with Ben Crystal, and first published in 2014, a lively account of the history and use of English accents, and how they have affected our lives; paperback edition.
Zukunft vieler Sprachen sieht düster aus
Klett ThemenDienst, Schule, Wissen, Bildung 6, April 2001, 7-10
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