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The Stories of English by David Crystal


The Stories of English by David Crystal

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.


This new history of the English language in all its manifestations is among the best ever written, and is both entertaining and informative.

About the Author

David Crystal

David Crystal is the foremost expert on English, and honorary professor of linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor. He has written many books and published articles in fields ranging from forensic linguistics and ELT to the liturgy and Shakespeare.

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5th May 2005


David Crystal

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Penguin Books Ltd


592 pages


Historical & comparative linguistics



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