David Crystal

The Story of Be

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David Crystal returns to Buxton presents a verb’s-eye view of the English language. It’s the most simple, unassuming, innocent-looking verb – to be. Yet it is jam-packed with more different meanings, forms, and uses than any other English word. In The Story Of Be, David Crystal takes us through the verb’s incarnations, and in doing so, shows us how our flexible and changing language works. Bringing the story to life are a host of examples from sources as varied as Beowulf, Jane Austen, pantomime, Hamlet (of course), and Star Wars.


20 July 2017


10.00am  - 11.00am




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