The Stories of English Paperback – 5 May 2005
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"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 is Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor. He has published over 90 books and was awarded the OBE for services to the English language in 1995. He is the editor of the Penguin Encyclopedia and the New Penguin Factfinder.
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This is a wonderful book, incredibly illuminating and authoritative but at the same time straightforward and attention gripping. However it's not for the faint-hearted having many, many pages of small text. It took me several months to read cover to cover - but I'm glad I did...
There is a lot of information in this book but it's very accessible and not overly academic. I have read other history of English themed books and this one for me was by far the best. I don't think you need to be a student of English Language to enjoy or learn from this book.
The book itself is presented chronologically in small sections, with some interesting asides thrown in. The best thing about this book is the passion for language Crystal conveys in his writing. It is nearly 600 pages of very small text, but I wasn't bored once. His enthusiasm for the subject carried me through and made it effortless to pick up and continue learning - I genuinely wanted to.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in the development of the English language.
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Beautifully written. It is not often that a "dry" book can't be put down, but I find that I always want to read one more page before going to sleep as it is so very... Read morePublished 8 months ago by E. Stringer
I bought this book due to recommendation from the suggested reading list of the English degree I am studying. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Scribbler
Great book. I bought it to accompany an OU module. Quite an interesting read.Published 19 months ago by Melinda Morris
'How much will we ever learn about the language of the ethnic minorities..? [..] Will we ever discover what role women played in the history of English? [.. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Simon Barrett 'Il Penseroso'