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5.0 out of 5 stars You haven't read it yet? - What's your education?!!
Professor Crystal's "The English Language" is a must-read for all language students and in general everyone interested in language. Professor is famous for his reader-friendly style. A quality which is especially beneficial to the historical section of the present book.

The discussion in the book starts with the major aspects of language - vocabulary, grammar,...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but hard to follow
I am about to study English language at sixth form and this was one of the recommended books to read before my course starts. I found the book very interesting at times and very boring at others, I particularly enjoyed the first and third sections of the book but the second section could easily have been cut out as the book became slightly long winded. The language used...
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5.0 out of 5 stars The English Language: A Guided Tour of the Language, 10 May 2012
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Since I bought this book for myself after viewing it on Amazon UK, I am delighted to say that this is a brilliant read because it is very informative. If you enjoy learning about the English Language, I would strongly recommend that you purchase this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Poor Kindle Formatting, 29 Mar 2012
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4 stars due to the terrible Kindle formatting. Pictures appear half way through paragraphs, sometimes digressions - which I assume are side-boxes in the print version - also split a paragraph in two. This can really ruin the reading experience.

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 However it is likely to be outdated already, particularly on the subject of English usage on the internet.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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1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle rip-off, 5 May 2012
Strictly reviewing the pricing. There is no reason for this to be higher priced on a Kindle than as a paperback, even with VAT.
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