David Crystal is one of the world’s best-known and respected commentators on language. He has been a consultant, contributor, or presenter on all the important radio and television programmes and series about language. These include The Story of English (TV and radio versions) and The Routes of English (as consultant and contributor). He was the consultant for the BBC Voices project in 2005. David Crystal was Sam Wanamaker Fellow at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2003-4 and is honorary president of the Johnson Society for 2005-6. He has also been a member of the Board of the British Council and is currently on the board of the English-Speaking Union. He received an OBE for services to the English language in 1995, and was made a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA) in 2000.