The Stories of English

The Stories of English

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A history of the English language draws on the diversity of dialects and regional accents around the world, as well as the dialects that appear in a variety of literary classics, to explain the significance of the language.

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Crystal (honorary, linguistics, U. of Wales-Bangor) has written widely on language in general and English in particular. He begins here by tracing the history of how Standard English came to be the privileged tongue it is. Then he recounts the stories of the other facets of the language over the past 1,500 years, which are rarely told. His topics include the Celtic language puzzle, understanding Danes, a trilingual nation, where the -s ending came from, avoiding transcriptional anemia, the case of y'all, and dialect in Middle Earth. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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An innovative history of the English language draws on the rich diversity of dialects of nonstandard English speakers and regional accents all around the world, as well as the dialects that appear in a variety of literary classics, to explain the colorful variety and significance of the language. 20,000 first printing.

Publisher: Woodstock : Overlook Press, 2004
ISBN: 9781585676019
1585676012
Characteristics: vi, 584 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm

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