The Stories of English

The Stories of English

By: David Crystal (author)eBook

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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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Product Details

  • publication date: 05/05/2005
  • ID: 9780141900704
  • book language: en
  • publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • publisher imprint: Penguin

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