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The Resource The gift of the gab : how eloquence works, David Crystal

The gift of the gab : how eloquence works, David Crystal

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The gift of the gab : how eloquence works
Title
The gift of the gab
Title remainder
how eloquence works
Statement of responsibility
David Crystal
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
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. 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"--
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1941-
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Crystal, David
Dewey number
808.5
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Elocutionists
  • Eloquence in literature
  • Oral communication
  • Voice culture
  • Storytelling
  • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES
  • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES
  • Elocutionists
  • Eloquence in literature
  • Oral communication
  • Storytelling
  • Voice culture
Label
The gift of the gab : how eloquence works, David Crystal
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1553490
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xi, 243 pages
Isbn
9780300214260
Lccn
2015048302
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780300214260
  • (OCoLC)926820786
Label
The gift of the gab : how eloquence works, David Crystal
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1553490
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xi, 243 pages
Isbn
9780300214260
Lccn
2015048302
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780300214260
  • (OCoLC)926820786

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