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 - 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
Review: The Stories of EnglishUser 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