The Stories of English

The Stories of English

Description

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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Details

Author(s)
David Crystal
Format
Paperback | 592 pages
Dimensions
129 x 198 x 25mm | 404g
Publication date
01 Jan 2006
Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd
Publication City/Country
London, United Kingdom
Language
English
Illustrations note
Illustrations, maps
ISBN10
0141015934
ISBN13
9780141015934
Bestsellers rank
82,504