The Gift of the Gab by David Crystal audiobook

The Gift of the Gab: How Eloquence Works

By David Crystal
Read by Derek Perkins

Unabridged

Format: CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781541419919

  • ISBN: 9781541419919

Runtime: 6.29 Hours
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

We all know eloquence when we hear it. But what exactly is it? And how might we gain more of it for ourselves? This entertaining and, yes, eloquent book illuminates the power of language from a linguistic point of view and provides fascinating insights into the way we use words. David Crystal, a world-renowned expert on the history and usage of the English language, probes the intricate workings of eloquence in this lively analysis.

Crystal focuses on the here and now of eloquent speaking—from pitch, pace, and prosody to jokes, appropriateness, and how to wield a microphone. He explains what is going on moment by moment and examines each facet of eloquence. He also investigates topics such as the way current technologies help or hinder our verbal powers, the psychological effects of verbal excellence, and why certain places or peoples are thought to be more eloquent than others. In the core analysis of the book, Crystal offers an extended and close dissection of Barack Obama's electrifying "Yes we can" speech of 2008, in which the president demonstrated full mastery of virtually every element of eloquence—from the simple use of parallelism and an awareness of what not to say, to his brilliant conclusion constructed around two powerful words: dreams and answers.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Narrator Derek Perkins is a wonderful choice for this work on the art of eloquence by renowned language expert David Crystal. AudioFile
“David Crystal knows more about language than anyone alive, and here he applies his expertise and wisdom to the art of eloquence. This lively and endearing book explains why we respond to great speakers, and how you can become a better one.” Steven Pinker, author of The Language Instinct
“Rhetoric has its own algebra, and Crystal deciphers it superbly.” Times

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Author

Author Bio: David Crystal

Author Bio: David Crystal

David Crystal is Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor. In 1995 he was awarded the Order of the British Empire for services to the English language. He lives in the United Kingdom.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Runtime: 6.29
Audience: Adult
Language: English