The Gift of the Gab: How Eloquence Works

3.64 avg rating
( 53 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780300214260: The Gift of the Gab: How Eloquence Works

A many-faceted exploration of spoken eloquence: how it works, how it has evolved, and how to tap its remarkable power

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. His lively analysis encompasses everyday situations (wedding speeches, business presentations, storytelling) as well as the oratory of great public gatherings.
 
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.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From the Author:

Praise for David Crystal’s A Little Book of Language:

A Little Book of Language may be for children (of all ages, as the saying goes), yet it's by no means childish or juvenile. In other words, buy it for your son or daughter, but read it yourself.”—Michael Dirda,  Washington Post

A Little Book of Language is a paean to language in all its guises. Crystal has clearly thought long and hard about his subject. . . . [H]e is always revealing and thought-provoking.”—David B. Williams,  Seattle Times

“An enlightening and entertaining celebration of language and linguistics.”—P. D. Smith,  Guardian

“In his light and amusing A Little Book of Language, David Crystal treats the world's 6,000 tongues—which are disappearing at an alarming rate—as a natural resource no less precious than our oceans and forests.”— Daily Beast

“[An] exhilarating romp through the mysteries and vagaries of language. . . . This is the perfect primer for anyone interested in the subject.”— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 

About the Author:

David Crystal is an independent scholar with lifelong experience as a lecturer, public speaker, and broadcaster. He lives in Holyhead, UK.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Crystal, David
Published by Yale University Press
ISBN 10: 030021426X ISBN 13: 9780300214260
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Monky Business: briansmonky
(Worcester, MA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Yale University Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 030021426X Ask about discounted shipping available when multiple items are purchased at the same time. FAST, RELIABLE, GUARANTEED and happily SHIPPED WITHIN 1 BUSINESS DAY! IF item is heavier than normal, particularly for international orders, additional shipping cost MAY be required. Bookseller Inventory # BX17-3414

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 9.90
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.40
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

David Crystal
Published by Yale University Press, United States (2016)
ISBN 10: 030021426X ISBN 13: 9780300214260
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Yale University Press, United States, 2016. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. A many-faceted exploration of spoken eloquence: how it works, how it has evolved, and how to tap its remarkable power 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. His lively analysis encompasses everyday situations (wedding speeches, business presentations, storytelling) as well as the oratory of great public gatherings. 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. Bookseller Inventory # AAH9780300214260

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 17.29
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

David Crystal
Published by Yale University Press (2016)
ISBN 10: 030021426X ISBN 13: 9780300214260
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Yale University Press, 2016. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M030021426X

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 17.76
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

David Crystal
Published by Yale University Press, United States (2016)
ISBN 10: 030021426X ISBN 13: 9780300214260
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Yale University Press, United States, 2016. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. A many-faceted exploration of spoken eloquence: how it works, how it has evolved, and how to tap its remarkable power 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. His lively analysis encompasses everyday situations (wedding speeches, business presentations, storytelling) as well as the oratory of great public gatherings. 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. Bookseller Inventory # AAH9780300214260

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 18.62
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

David Crystal
Published by YALE University Press
ISBN 10: 030021426X ISBN 13: 9780300214260
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description YALE University Press. Book Condition: New. Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 030021426X

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 15.42
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.50
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Crystal, David
ISBN 10: 030021426X ISBN 13: 9780300214260
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2016. HRD. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # TY-9780300214260

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 14.96
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

David Crystal
Published by Yale University Press, United States (2016)
ISBN 10: 030021426X ISBN 13: 9780300214260
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Yale University Press, United States, 2016. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. A many-faceted exploration of spoken eloquence: how it works, how it has evolved, and how to tap its remarkable power 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. His lively analysis encompasses everyday situations (wedding speeches, business presentations, storytelling) as well as the oratory of great public gatherings. 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. Bookseller Inventory # BZV9780300214260

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 20.36
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

David Crystal
Published by Yale University Press, London (2016)
ISBN 10: 030021426X ISBN 13: 9780300214260
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
David's Bookshop, Letchworth BA
(Letchworth Garden City, HERTS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Yale University Press, London, 2016. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. A brand new, ex shop stock copy. Bookseller Inventory # 025561

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 14.43
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.25
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Crystal, David
Published by Yale University Press 2016-05-03 (2016)
ISBN 10: 030021426X ISBN 13: 9780300214260
New Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
Chiron Media
(Wallingford, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Yale University Press 2016-05-03, 2016. Book Condition: New. Brand new book, sourced directly from publisher. Dispatched within 2 working days from our warehouse. Book will be sent in robust, secure packaging to ensure it reaches you securely. Bookseller Inventory # NU-BNT-01680276

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 20.04
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.95
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Crystal, David
Published by Yale University Press 6/1/2016 (2016)
ISBN 10: 030021426X ISBN 13: 9780300214260
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 4
Seller:
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Yale University Press 6/1/2016, 2016. Hardback or Cased Book. Book Condition: New. The Gift of the Gab: How Eloquence Works. Book. Bookseller Inventory # BBS-9780300214260

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 24.42
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book