David Crystal's Introduction to Language

Further Reading

My perspective on language is treated at length in How Language Works (Penguin and Overlook Press, 2005), and with copious pictorial illustration in The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language (Cambridge University Press, 3rd edn, 2010). An introduction aimed at a teenage (and above) readership is A Little Book of Language (Yale, 2010).

Recent books presenting other perspectives include:

  • S Behrens & J Parker (eds), Language in the Real World (Routledge, 2010)
  • A Bloomer, P Griffiths & A Merrison, Introducing Language in Use (Routledge, 2005)
  • L Bauer, The Linguistics Student's Handbook (Edinburgh University Press, 2007)
  • G Cook & H Widdowson, Applied Linguistics (Oxford University Press, 2003)
  • R W Fasold & J Connor-Linton (eds), Language and Linguistics (Cambridge University Press, 2006)
  • G Finch, M Coyle & J Peck, How to Study Linguistics: A Guide to Understanding Language (Palgrave, 2003)
  • W B McGregor, Linguistics: An Introduction (Continuum, 2009)
  • P Matthews, Linguistics: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2003)
  • A Radford et al, Linguistics: An Introduction (Cambridge University Press, 2008)
  • A Wray & A Bloomer, Projects in Linguistics: A Practical Guide to Researching Language (Hodder Arnold, 2006)
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