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Media: Biblio: The stories of English; interview with David Crystal


Submitter Email: astrolinguistics@yahoo.co.in
Linguistic Field(s): Discipline of Linguistics

Media Body: Hello all,

Here is a discussion held with Professor David Crystal by Biblio: A Review
of Books (published in India) team on powerfull and endangered languages,
linguistics, internet and language in it's issue of January-February 2005
under the heading of 'Stories of English- a discussion on language and
lingusitics'. You can log on www.biblio-india.com. The feature is free and
you have to just register with the site which is free also.

Have interesting and happy reading!

Shubhangi Kardile
Research Assistant
Dept of Linguistics
Deccan College PG &
Research Institute,
Pune 411 006 India
Issue Number: 16.705
Date Posted: March 09, 2005

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