The Stories of English
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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Review: The Stories of EnglishUser Review - CRyan - Goodreads
I have read many of Crystal's books and they are all fascinating. Read full review
Review: The Stories of EnglishUser Review - Beth - Goodreads
The description of this text is a bit misleading, I thought this would be lighter and a little more accessible for non-linguists. This is a super comprehensive look at the evolution of the English ... Read full review