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    David Crystal: Just a Phrase I'm Going Through

    Πριν έρθει η ώρα να απολαύσω το βιβλίο, απόλαυσα την παρουσίασή του, στην εφημερίδα Times από τον Henry Hitching (ευχαριστώ, Αλέξανδρε):

    David Crystal, language geek
    Linguistic memoirs – with a whiff of anorak

    Από την αυτοβιογραφία του Κρίσταλ:
    The author’s generous, slightly puckish manner is audible in the anecdotes that appear throughout this volume. While working on the Survey of English Usage under Randolph Quirk, he took a telephone call from someone who claimed to work at a smart London shoe shop. The caller wished to order some adjectives for a new batch of marketing material. Assuming he was on the receiving end of an academic wind-up, Crystal proposed selling him three dozen adjectives at threepence a go, along with two dozen each of nouns, verbs and adverbs – the verbs at a stiff ninepence apiece. Two days later, the order was confirmed by post. After a selection had with some sheepishness been put together and dispatched, a cheque for £2 followed.

    Από το βιβλίο (μπορείτε να διαβάσετε μερικές σελίδες στο Amazon):

    Being a linguist
    It's not as if it’s the most obvious label for a way of earning a living, after all. Indeed, it’s a succulent irony that the very nature of the profession which has come to be known as ‘the science of language’ is itself ambiguous.
    ‘What do you do?’
    ‘I’m a linguist.’
    ‘Ah. And how many languages do you speak?’
    ‘Do you mean really fluently?’
    ‘Of course.’
    ‘Just one.’
    ‘But you said you were a linguist!’

    Και μια κλασική (πιο κλασική δεν γίνεται) παρατήρηση του Χίτσινγκ:
    When it comes to staking out his legacy, the author is predictably modest. He mentions “Crystal’s Law”, which sounds as though it should be a distillation of his many discernments, yet is actually this: “when you randomly open a new book or journal, you will immediately see an uncorrected typo”. Not exactly a maxim to grace a portico. But it is borne out here: casually opening Crystal’s own book, I come across the question “Was Beethoven handicapped by deadness?”.
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    Μένω ΕυρώπηΣύγκρουση ιδεών, όχι βία και μισαλλοδοξία: δεν οδηγούν πουθενά. (Λ. Κύρκος)Αριστεία, ρε!
    ΕΝΑ ΝΗΜΑ ΤΗΝ ΗΜΕΡΑ ΤΗΝ ΑΝΙΑ ΚΑΝΕΙ ΠΕΡΑ. Staying hungry, staying foolish. Το διαδίκτυο βλάπτει όταν δεν σκέφτεσαι.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickel View Post
    “when you randomly open a new book or journal, you will immediately see an uncorrected typo”
    Ο Νόμος τού Κρίσταλ είναι όντως το αντίστοιχο του Νόμου τού Μέρφι για τον έντυπο λόγο.

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