David Crystal

Books

In praise of the semicolon, a most maligned punctuation mark

Semicolon: The Past, Present, and Future of a Misunderstood Mark by Cecelia Watson reviewed

By David Crystal

Books

The minefield of mime: ‘halt’ to an American signifies ‘hi’ to an Arab

Dictionary of Gestures: Expressive Comportments and Movements in Use Around the World by François Caradec reviewed

By David Crystal

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