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This week – David Crystal.
Language change is inevitable, continuous, universal and multidirectional. Languages do not get better or worse when they change. They just — change.
—David Crystal, British linguist, How Language Works, January 5, 2006
Well known linguist David Crystal has been publishing books and articles since 1964 and has over 100 books to his name. Want to know why we say ‘And he goes…’ in reported speech? He’s the man. Need your love of the language re-ignited? He’s the man. Want to find out someone’s position on apostrophe’s? He’s the man.
He’s the man for all this and more.
And he’s got an amazing beard.
David Crystal’s blog – he discusses various language questions, intriguing little nuggets.
David Crystal – YouTube video – Which ‘English’ should you teach your students?
David Crystal – The future of Englishes – 5 minute podcast. Give it time to get ready to play! http://www.macmillanglobal.com/podcasts/global-author-podcast-episode-2-david-crystal
David Crystal in The Guardian – why texting is good!
David Crystal in The Independent – tweets and texts are valid.
David Crystal – Quotes