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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (5 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141015934
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141015934
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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."

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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.

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