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.
What people are saying - Write a review
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
The stories of EnglishUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Crystal (Shakespeare's Words ; Language and the Internet ) is a professor of linguistics who was awarded an Order of the British Empire in 1995 for his services to the English language. His wonderful ... Read full review