The English Language: A Guided Tour of the Language

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Penguin UK, Mar 28, 2002 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 336 pages
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This is the definitive survey of the English language - in all its forms. Crystal writes accessibly about the structure of the language, the uses of English throughout the world and finally he gives a brief history of English. The book has been fully revised and there is a fascinating new chapter on 'The effect of technology' on the English language. 'Illuminating guided tour of our common treasure by one of its most lucid and sensible professionals' The Times 'A splendid blend of erudition and entertainment' THES

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List of Maps
1The English Language Today
PART IThe Structure of English
9Personal English
PART III The History of English
10Old English
11Middle English
12Early Modern English
13English Around the World
14English Today
15English Tomorrow

PART II The Uses of English
6Language Variety
7English at Play
8The Effect of Technology
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C

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David Crystal is Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor. He is one of the most highly respected commentators on the English Language. He lives in Holyhead. His titles for Penguin include Words on Words, Language Play, Listen to Your Child. He is currently working on The Penguin Shakespeare Glossary for publication 08/02.

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