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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The Stories of EnglishUser 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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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