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Climbing the language mountain
In 'The early years: embracing the challenges', Proceedings of the Early Years of Schooling Conference, July 1997, Melbourne, 33-41
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From babble to Scrabble: integrating language creativity and linguistic intervention
Australian Reading Association Conference Papers, 1995, 45-65
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'From out in left field? That's not cricket.' Finding a focus for the language curriculum.
In R.S. Wheeler (ed.), Workings of Language (Westport, CT: Praeger, 1999), 91-105
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From the world to the word - and back again
Plenary lecture to the CILT Primary Languages Show, 'From the Word to the World', Liverpool, 4 March 2011
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Interview with a linguist
Primary Matters, NATE Summer 2016, 2-5
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In word and deed
[original title: Making grammar over.] TES Teacher, 30 April 2004
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Language A to Z (Student edition) - e-book
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Language A-Z (Student edition)
A new edition of this guide to language terms for students of English in the National Curriculum. First published in 1991, it is now made available again through the Crystal Books Project.
This series of books for schools - available for the first time online - originally appeared in 1991, and has been revised and updated to take account of the fresh interest in English language study that has been a part of the school curriculum over the past decade. There were originally two books, aimed at Key Stages 3 and 4, and these have now been integrated into a single work. A search facility has been added to the e-book to enable users to cross-refer between entries.

Over 400 language terms have been taken from the various programmes of study and explained in a lively and entertaining way, with cartoons added by Edward McLachlan. Topics include grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, punctuation, style, literary language, and questions of usage.

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Language A to Z (Teacher's edition) - e-book
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Language A-Z (Teachers edition)
A new edition of the companion book to Language A to Z, with a commentary on all the entries in the student book.
This book contains a commentary on the 400+ entries in the Student Book, providing answers to questions, extra information about topics, further examples, and references to specific sections in several contemporary texts. Over forty extra entries provide additional linguistic perspective.

From reviews of the first edition

About the Student Books: ‘The Crystal books pioneer an admirable course that might even lead to a solution - one day - of the vexed and vexing problems of linguistic nomenclature’. (Bill Mittins, NATE News)
About the Teachers’ Book: ‘a fascinating resource... the examples sparkle and the style is professional speaking to professional’ (Jim Sweetman, Books in Schools)

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Language in education: a linguistic perspective
In A. Cashdan (ed.), Language, reading and learning (Oxford: Blackwell, 1979), 13-28. Reprinted for Open University Course PE 232 Block 5, 1979. Reprinted in Directions in applied linguistics
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Language Play - e-book
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Language Play
This lively introduction to the playful use of language, first published in 1998, is made available again through the Crystal Books Project.
‘a stimulating treat for everyone interested in language’ (Steven Pinker)

‘illuminating and extremely entertaining’ (Philip Hensher in The Mail on Sunday)

This updated edition of Language Play makes available online a book that was acclaimed for its innovative account of the neglected topic of language play or ‘ludic linguistics’, as it is sometimes called.

It explores a wide range of effects in both spoken and written language, such as puns, dialect humour, funny voices, in-jokes, invented words, crosswords, and the many language games that people like to play. It discusses why people devote so much time and energy to ludic language, and describes how many professionals - from comedians and copy-writers to poets and theologians make a career through their use of it.

The book has also been widely used by teachers, as its later chapters explore the way children learn to play with language and how reading materials can be enhanced, and children motivated, by introducing the dimension of language play.

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For all US and Canada sales, see the University of Chicago Press edition:
Linguistic critique of the Bullock Report
Reading, June 1975. Reprinted in Directions in Applied Linguistics. [See book]
Linguistics and English language
Which Course? 28 (4), 1999, 16-17, 21 (Dominion Press)
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Literacy in the next milenn ... milleni ... in the next century.
Literacy for All (National Literacy Association), 2, 1997; reprinted in LACMF (Literacy Across the Curriculum: Media Focus, Centre for Literacy, Montreal), 13 (3), 1998, 18-19
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Neglected linguistic principles in the study of reading
In D. Moyle (ed), Reading: what of the future? (London: Ward Lock Educational, 1975), Proceedings of the 11th Annual Conference of UKRA, 26-34. Revised for Directions in Applied Linguistics
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Only connect: living in linguistic fragments no longer
Keynote speech to CLESOL conference on 'Origins and connections: linking theory, research, and practice'. Napier, New Zealand, 30 September 2006
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Past imperfect. Present tense. Future perfect? Language play and the culture of literacy
United Kingdom Reading Association Annual Conference, July 1996
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Proceedings: Modern Approaches to Language Teaching at University Level (ed. with D Wilkins & J Kay)
Council of Europe Round Table Conference (Strasbourg: Council of Europe, 1967)
Reading, grammar and the line
In D. Thackray (ed.), Growth in reading (London: Ward Lock Educational, 1979), 26-38
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Reflecting linguistic change
The Teacher Trainer 10 (1), 1996, 15-16
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Relevance of linguistics to the O Level examination (with K Owen)
Memorandum to Welsh Joint Education Council, 1964
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Review of A. Sealey, Learning about language
Child Language Teaching and Therapy 12 (3), 1996, 374
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Review of C. Brumfit, Language education in the National Curriculum
Child Language Teaching and Therapy 12 (3), 1996, 376-7
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Review of C. Culshaw & D. Walters, Headwork
Child Language Teaching and Therapy 2 (1), 1985, 115-16
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Review of C. Walker, Wordskill
Child Language Teaching and Therapy 3(3), 1987, 368
Review of J. Honey, The language trap
BAAL Newsletter 18, 1983; reprinted in English in Education (NATE), Spring 1984, 18(1), 54-65
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Review of J. Reid & M. Donaldson, R& D
Child Language Teaching and Therapy 1 (2), 1985, 244-5
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Review of J. Reid & M. Donaldson, R&D
Child Language Teaching and Therapy 3(3), 1987, 367-8
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Review of R. Carter, Keywords in language and literacy
Child Language Teaching and Therapy 12 (3), 1996, 375-6
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Review of R. Carter (ed.), Linguistics and the teacher
British Journal of Educational Studies 31 (3), 1983, 279-82
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Review of S. Burridge, Start with words and pictures
Child Language Teaching and Therapy 3(3), 1987, 363-4
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Sense: the final frontier
In Language, learning, and culture: unsettling certainties, Proceedings of the First Joint National Conference of the Australian Association for the Teaching of English, the Australian Literacy Educators' Association, and the Australian School Library Association, Darwin, July 1997, 51-69. Adapted for CLTT, 1998
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Shakespeare and ELT
In Alan Pulverness (ed), IATEFL 2003 (Canterbury: IATEFL, 2004), 146-60; reprinted in Anglo Files (The Danish Association of Teachers of English), 159, February 2011, 77-90
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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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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
Im 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 calm before the storm before the calm
The English Teacher's Yearbook, 2004-5, 14-16
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The challenges of literacy
in Brian Daubney (ed.), Ways to Words: ideas to enliven literacy and oracy (St Katharine and Shadwell Trust, 2011, 4-7 [extracts from The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language]
The educational use of linguistics
In Language Study Courses in Colleges of Education (London: DES, 1973), The Coloma College Conference, 1-9. Part reprinted for Child language, learning and linguistics
The playful story of English grammar
The Link (Speech Link Multimedia) 14, 2019, 4-5