Looks behind the curtains at the adventures, challenges and pitfalls of the author's life in linguistics. This book answers the question that the author is most frequently asked: 'How did you become a linguist?'
At the forefront of the field of linguistics, David Crystal has contributed significantly to its development, pioneering many new areas from clinical to internet linguistics. Now, after a long and hugely successful career, David offers us a special look behind the curtains at the adventures, challenges and pitfalls of his life in linguistics. A cross between an autobiography and an introduction to the field, "Just a Phrase I'm Going Through" answers the question Crystal is most frequently asked these days: 'How did you become a linguist?' The response takes the reader on an exciting journey through the field of linguistics through the eyes of this well-known and popular Professor.
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