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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The Stories of English

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

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