Kidnapping, attempted assassination, espionage...not the answers you'd expect to the question `what happens when you become a linguist?'
But now, reflecting on a long and hugely successful career at the forefront of the field of English Language and Linguistics, David Crystal answers this question and offers us a special look behind the scenes at the adventures, rewards, challenges and pitfalls of his life in language.
Both an autobiography and a highly accessible introduction to the field of linguistics, Just a Phrase I'm Going Through illuminates and entertains us with its many insights into the ever-fascinating subject of language.
David Crystal is synonymous with language, both as a great populariser and linguistic pioneer, and his contribution to the field is unparalleled. This audio book is not just for students and teachers but for all lovers of language.
4 discs. Running time: 5 hours approx. Abridged.
Contents Prologue 1 Being a linguist 2 A semilingual start 3 New worlds 4 Liverpool school 5 Extra-curricular acts 6 Learning, and not learning, about language 7 Becoming academic 8 Surveying 9 Worlds within worlds 10 Becoming professional 11 The sexy subject 12 Meeting a need 13 Choices and consequences 14 Meetings and meetings 15 Looking for remedies 16 Why did you resign? 17 The encyclopedia game 18 Schizoid man 19 Busyness and business Epilogue