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September 14 , 2010

Walking English: A Journey in Search of Language


A fascinating and insightful romp through the language we speak every day, by the linguistic expert who ?succeeds again and again with clarity, wit and enthusiasm? (New York Times)

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Starting in Wales and moving from England to San Francisco by way of, yes, Poland, Crystal encounters numerous linguistic side roads that he cannot resist exploring, from pubs to trains to Tolkien. Walking English captures the seductive, quirky, teasing, tantalizing nature of the language itself?a Bill Bryson-esque exploration of language by our foremost expert on the subject.

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