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Disappearing-DictionaryDavid Crystal is a linguist, academic and author of over 100 books on language, the first of which he published in 1964.

Crystal is best known for his two encyclopedias for Cambridge University Press, The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language and The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language.

His recent books include Words in Time and Place: Exploring Language through the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary (2014), You Say Potato: a book about accents (2014, with actor son Ben Crystal), and The Oxford Illustrated Shakespeare Dictionary (April 2015, also with Ben).

Crystal has also authored several books on English phonetics and phonology and clinical books on language. His creative writing includes volumes of poetry, biographies, a play, Living On; and he is currently editing the poetry of the African missionary John Bradburne.