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Evolving English: One Language, Many Voices Paperback – Illustrated, 12 Nov 2010

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Product details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: The British Library Publishing Division (12 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712350985
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712350983
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.8 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 213,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Crystal is a writer, lecturer and broadcaster on language and linguistics. He is the author of many books including The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language (CUP, 1995), The Stories of English (Penguin, 2005), By Hook or by Crook: A Journey in Search of English (HarperPress, 2007) and Txtng: The Gr8 Db8 (OUP, 2008).


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Rarely has scholarship been so much fun. This book is an adjunct to the exhibition of the same name at the British Library (free, and showing till 3rd April 2011), and it traces the history of our language from its now unrecognisable origins in Saxon times ('Beowulf') to present day txtspk, gathering in Chaucer, Caxton, Shakespeare, the King James Bible on the way - right up to regional and colonial dialects (how to speak pukka) and much else. For slang and profanity you have to visit the exhibition,(where you can also sample video clips) or go to the lectures. But the book gives a wonderful sample of what's on offer there. It is authoritative and well written; but also huge fun; beautifully produced and illustrated, with texts ranging from the Bible to childrens books to shipping inventories to political tracts to posters to advertisements to linguistic frivolities; all clearly explained and set in context without any trace of solemnity. A book to enjoy from cover to cover, or to dip into from the coffee table.
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The history of English helps us to understand the way the language is now. The accents and dialects in this book are good for learning more about different pronunciations and understanding more speakers.
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Extremely good, as Crystal always is. But I've given 4 stars instead of 5 because the claim that it contains 'readable images of original texts' is not true, at least for my eyes. You need a magnifying glass for some of them.
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