Coming up in the next issue of Babel we have an interview with the magazine's Linguistic Consultant, Prof. David Crystal. This accompanies an exclusive extract from his new book, Wordsmiths and Warriors, the product of David and his wife Hilary's road trip around Britain in search of sites important to our linguistic heritage. The result is a kind of language-tourist's guide to Britain, with explanations and photographs of the site and advice on how to get there. Typical of Crystal's style, it's a witty, informative and lively read and best of all, it gets linguistics on the road.
David says: Wherever you are in Britain there's likely to be a place of linguistic interest not too far away. The problem is that most people don't know it's there - or, if they do know about the place they aren't aware of its significance in relation to the language. So the book does two things: it tells you how to get there, and then explains what you'll find when you arrive.
The book is ideal for AS or A-level English Language teachers who can look up a language heritage site nearby and bring their students out of the classroom and the subject to life.
The chapter featuring in Issue 6 of Babel, due out next week, is about St Paul's monastery in Jarrow, north-east England. It is the place were Bede, an Anglo-Saxon monk wrote the 'Ecclesiastical History of the English People', the earliest written source for the lingusitic events which shaped the nation. Today's visitors to the site can explore the monastery, the museum, try on monks' habits - and now - use Crystal's new book to bring its linguistic significance alive.