The Stories of English

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Penguin Books Limited, May 5, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 592 pages
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When and why did 'thou' disappear from Standard English? Would a Victorian Cockney have said 'observation' or 'hobservation'? Was Jane Austen making a mistake when she wrote 'Jenny and James are walked to Charmonth this afternoon'?

This superbly well-informed - and also wonderfully entertaining - history of the English language answers all these questions, showing how the many strands of English (Standard English, dialect and slang among them) developed to create the richly-varied language of today.

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He's affable, curious, and easy to read. - LibraryThing
A good book although there is a lot of digressions. - LibraryThing
Bryson is a great writer though. - LibraryThing
But it was educational and entertaining reading. - LibraryThing
Bryson's an engaging writer with a wry sense of humor. - LibraryThing
Another great book from this writer. - LibraryThing

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This book has forever cemented Bill Brysons place on my book shelves. He is a wonderful story teller and extremely good at breaking down difficult topics into easily understandable language. This book ... Read full review

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An excellent and fascinating read. Bryson at his best. Read full review

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