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Noam’s Ark

Walter Nash

25 October 1990
The Twitter Machine: Reflections on Language 
by Neil Smith.
Blackwell, 275 pp., £9.95, September 1989, 0 631 16926 1
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English in Use 
by Randolph Quirk and Gabriele Stein.
Longman, 262 pp., £17.95, September 1990, 0 582 06612 3
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... reports: in short, to the whole language, the property of the whole people, not an eventide home for antiquarians and combative eccentrics. Now Sir Randolph, in fruitful collaboration with Professor GabrieleStein of the University of Heidelberg, has returned to his educative theme with a volume entitled – almost palindromically – English in Use. The result is something more than a script refurbished ...

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