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The stories of English

By: Crystal, David

0141015934 / 9780141015934
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20 cm vi, 584 p. : ill.
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Reprint. Originally published: London: Allen Lane, 2004.

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.


2AB English, CFF Historical & comparative linguistics


S 2005 British Academy Book Prize

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