LINGUIST List 31.2479

Wed Aug 05 2020

Books: Making Sense: Crystal

Editor for this issue: Jeremy Coburn <jecoburnlinguistlist.org>



Date: 27-Jul-2020
From: Oxford University Press <HumanitiesMarketingoup.com>
Subject: Making Sense: Crystal
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Title: Making Sense
Subtitle: The Glamorous Story of English Grammar
Published: 2020
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Book URL: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/making-sense-9780197521823?utm_source=linguistlist&utm_medium=listserv&utm_campaign=linguistics

Author: David Crystal
Paperback: ISBN: 9780197521823 Pages: 304 Price: U.S. $ 18.95
Abstract:

Editor's Note: This is a new edition of a previously announced title.

In Making Sense, David Crystal confronts the foe of many: grammar. Once taught relentlessly to all students in the English-speaking world, grammar disappeared from most school curricula, so that terms such as "preposition" and "conjunction" now often confound children and adults alike.

Explaining the nuts and bolts of grammar presents a special challenge, because - far more than is the case with spelling and punctuation - the subject is burdened with a centuries-old history of educational practice that many will recall as anything but glamorous. One of the world's foremost authorities on the English language, Crystal sets out to rid grammar of its undeserved reputation as a dry and intimidating subject, pointing out how essential grammar is to clear and effective speech and writing. He moves briskly through the stages by which children acquire grammar, along the way demystifying grammar's rules and irregularities and showing us how to navigate its snares and pitfalls. He offers the fascinating history of grammar, explaining how it has evolved from the first grammarians in ancient Greece to our 21st century digital environment of blogging, emailing, and texting.

Many find grammar to be a daunting subject, but in this breezy, entertaining book, Crystal proves that grammar doesn't need to make us uneasy-we can all make sense of how we make sense.

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
                            Historical Linguistics
                            Morphology
                            Syntax

Written In: English (eng)

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