So perhaps everything is simply the result of trying to cram too much into a single book.
Championing languages as facets of intellectual and cultural diversity as well as miracles of science and nature, How Language Works is highly recommended.
The author really ought to have revised his book slightly for the U.S. edition -- isn't that standard practice with books for an international audience?
I've never read a book written with such clear simple language that still manages to be so ponderously boring and difficult to wade through. Read morePublished 2 months ago by DJ MichaelAngelo
Highly recommend for students of language and social sciences. Once you read it you will ever be the same person again! it takes you to the most relevant aspects of language.Published 11 months ago by Manuel zangui
This book aims to be a good strong everyman's introduction the field of linguistics, but it really is too long, too simplistic, and too shallow. Read morePublished on June 28, 2010 by Jiang Xueqin
This book is a survey of linguistics, suitable for high school students. He tells us a great many things about languages, and some are interesting, but far too often they are... Read morePublished on June 10, 2010 by Allan W. Rees
We may all have an instinct for language but we can enjoy our use and perception of language far more with the help of such an astute observer and analyst as David Crystal. Read morePublished on June 18, 2008 by Andrew Doherty
I enjoyed this book - lots of interesting data, much of which was new to me. I thought that the 'mechanical' chapters at the beginning were a rather dry intro and could perhaps... Read morePublished on August 30, 2007 by Michael Waghorne
The book was easy to read and relaxingly informative-I learnt a lot,David Crystal shows how linguistics and language should be discussed once again.Published on July 22, 2007 by A. E. Bond
Don't be fooled by the cartoony cover: this book is very technical and will make for slow going. It could easily be used as the text in a linguistics survey course. Read morePublished on July 2, 2007 by Caraculiambro