- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Penguin; 2Rev Ed edition (28 Mar. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141003960
- ISBN-13: 978-0141003962
- Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.7 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The English Language: A Guided Tour of the Language Paperback – 28 Mar 2002
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About the Author
David Crystal is Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor. He is one of the most highly respected commentators on the English Language. He lives in Holyhead. His titles for Penguin include Words on Words, Language Play, Listen to Your Child. He is currently working on The Penguin Shakespeare Glossary for publication 08/02.
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In the glorious reign of Queen Elizabeth (the first, that is, from 1558 to 1603), the number of English speakers in the world is thought to have been between five and seven million. Read the first page
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The discussion in the book starts with the major aspects of language - vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation. And if language students should think they are familiar enough with these topics - they will, however, find many fascinating nuances and perspectives not encountered or thought about before.
The second part of the book discusses the uses of language such as its proneness to ludicity, idiolect, its different manifestations in different occupational groups, and the ripe effects of technology in the productive evolution of the English language. Professor is quite infecting in his fascination with the unlimited potential of the language.
The third section discusses the historical growth of English - in such an accurate, comprehensible and flexible manner that you are rather quick to grasp the historical situation, get a feel of the language at different periods in history and remember all the important dates through easily associated events.
This section includes a neat demonstration of the relation and differences between British English and American English.
The great merit of this part is also the discussion of Scots and Irish English alongside Australian, New Zealand, South African, Canadian Englishes.
And the introduction to the Plain English campaigns is another fresh topic which has found space in this remarkable book.
I strongly recommend it!
It includes information on grammar, vocabulary, RP, spelling, the uses of English now and the history of English. It is a fascinating read.
Charles R McMorrow.
Otherwise this is a well thought out and thorough explanation of the history of English. However it is likely to be outdated already, particularly on the subject of English usage on the internet. A subject which the author has covered in a separate book, presumably in more detail and more recently.
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A wonderful history of the construction of the English language. Quite thought provoking.Published 1 month ago by Spin
very fast delivery and came as I was expecting. Happy purchase!Published 5 months ago by bishal singh rai
An excellent book on the subject which should be standard reading in all schoolsPublished 16 months ago by JM O'REGAN
I am about to study English language at sixth form and this was one of the recommended books to read before my course starts. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Kate Marshall
Some books don't age well - this one is a very good example. Written/updated/revised in the early '90s, it fails to grasp a whole new reality of the language as is evident today.Published 19 months ago by Donatas
I bought this for my English Language OU course, but it is a fascinating book anyway whether you are studying or not. David Crystal writes in a most accessible way about language. Read morePublished on 15 Oct. 2013 by G. Johnson
It's full of interesting info on the language - you'll read it quickly and fall in love with David Crystal - like many others before you....Published on 14 Feb. 2013 by Jon Swan