The Stories of English

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Overlook Press, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 584 pages
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The Stories of English is a groundbreaking history of the language by David Crystal, the world-renowned writer and commentator on English. Other books have been written on the subject, but they focused on the educated, printed language called standard English. Crystal turns the history of the language on its head and provides a startlingly original view of where the richness, creativity, and diversity of the language truly lies--in the accents and dialects of nonstandard English users all over the globe. Interwoven within this central chronological story are accounts of uses of dialect around the world as well as in literary classics from The Canterbury Tales to The Lord of the Rings. For the first time, regional speech and writing is placed center stage. This significant shift in perspective enables the reader to understand the importance of everyday, previously marginalized, voices in our language, and provides an argument for the way English should be taught in the future.

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User Review  - Jean-Daniel - Babelio

The Stories of English par David Crystal Crystal’s book is a very comprehensive survey of the development of English. British linguist Crystal depicts the history of the English language from the ... Read full review

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User Review  - ClicksClan - LibraryThing

Found it really interesting, covered a wide range of aspects of English going right back to the very beginning. Loved that Tolkien got a little mention in the section on dialect. The way it was ... Read full review

Contents

The origins of Old English
15
The Celtic language puzzle
29
The rise and fall of West Saxon
54
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About the author (2004)

David Crystal is honorary professor of linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor, and the editor of The Penguin Encyclopedia.

 

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