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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User Review  - Hitsuji - Goodreads

A wonderful celebration of the diversity of English language, but please get a kindle version if you can, the font is tiny. Read full review

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User Review  - Andrew Fish - Goodreads

English is not one language, but many and is destined to stay that way. From the divergent dialects which emerged from the Anglo-Saxon migrants of the fifth and sixth century, to the adapted variants ... Read full review

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