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The English Language: A Historical Introduction (Cambridge Approaches to Linguistics)
The English Language: A Historical Introduction (Cambridge Approaches to Linguistics)
by Charles Barber
Edition: Paperback

2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Glosses over the Origins - Questions Still Remain, 4 Sept. 2012
When a book about the English Language is subtitled 'A Historical Introduction' you will expect it to explain the origins of the language, with a reasonable degree of supporting evidence. However, this book still clings to the old paradigm in which English just appeared, with no antecedents, after a phase known as the Anglo-Saxon invasion. The book concedes that 21st century genetic evidence shows that the invasion may have been vastly smaller than previously assumed, but it is still startling that such an academic primer is still hanging on to an antique model. The authors still think English appeared as a language spoken by a ruling elite that had landed from Germany. And the statements that the previous language in England was a version of Brythonnic (as stated by Kenneth Jackson in 1950) without at least questioning this shaky proposition is bizarre. The similarities of some Old English words and their Old High German or Old Swedish analogues doesn't prove a thing to me other than English, Swedish and German are related. I already guessed that from the similarity of certain words. It doesn't mean we were invaded by them. If there isn't any available evidence to prop up these suppositions then the authors should say so, and not skate over the problem!

I liked the general chapters before this that explain the general nuts and bolts of a linguistic system - almost useful.

Bede's ecclesiastical history of the English nation
Bede's ecclesiastical history of the English nation

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars corrupt, 24 Oct. 2010
The Kindle edition has a number of random characters in the text. For example, in the preface we get:
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So if anyone can let me know what this means I would be delighted!
As this is the first Kindle download I have paid for after checking the quality of the free items, I feel let down.
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The Widow of Borley
The Widow of Borley
by Robert Wood
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A strangely personal attack, 11 Nov. 2004
This review is from: The Widow of Borley (Hardcover)
This book is supposed to show us the 'real' Marianne Foyster, but the angle is too personal to give it full credence.
Marianne Foyster lived at the Rectory for 5 years with her disabled husband, the Reverend Lionel Foyster, and their adopted child. While there, the family was subject not only to a violent haunting, but a series of visits from newspapers and psychic investigators. The fact they stayed for 5 years says much about the family's tenacity.
Much of the haunting revolved around Marianne - for example the famous messages pencilled on the walls for 'light, mass, prayers' were personally addressed to her. There had been a series of visitations and other spiritual activity at the Rectory both before and after the Foysters' tenure, but it seemed to reach a climax when they were there.
Robert Wood gathers facts to demonstrate that Marianne may have had a bigamous marriage, and that she 'hastened' her husband's death (amongst other innuendo).
Without doubt, Marianne was a complex character, and was perhaps capable of duplicity to Price and her husband at times, but the haunting of the Rectory does not disappear even if she is found to be so 'guilty'.
Wood does not let the facts speak for themselves, but indulges in a malicious personal attack on the subject of his book. She was alive when it was published, and I am surprised it was allowed to get printed. However, his pompous attitude towards the old lady only serves to increase our sympathy for her, which also leads us to start questioning the whole hypothesis of the book. Nothing she was accused of has been proven one way or the other.

Sunbeam Racing Cars, 1910-30
Sunbeam Racing Cars, 1910-30
by Anthony S. Heal
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mysteries of the Racing Sunbeams Unraveled, 8 July 2003
Before this book came along, the Sunbeam racing history was largely an enigma, famously complex, and difficult to fathom.
Not any more. The subject of this book has found the perfect author. The late Anthony Heal always had an appreciation of the finer motor vehicle, especially if it was both fast, and old. The Sunbeam factory in Wolverhampton, England, certainly made fine cars, and some of these became the most outstanding and successful racing cars of the vintage period. Sunbeam racers were built from the Edwardian years, to the late 1920's.
Heal takes us through the early history of Sunbeam's racing exploits including the Brooklands record cars, the Coupe de l'Auto racers, then the abortive Indiannapolis car built secretly during the war. Then we are guided through the most complex phase of the Sunbeam racing department - the 1920's when land speed record cars, TT racers, GP racers and fast road cars all jockeyed for workshop space in the Wolverhampton factory.
We also see what happened in America, where Sunbeam's glory was perpetuated for several years on a series of now obscure curcuits. Meanwhile in Europe, we are supplied with a succession of highly detailed chapters covering every racing design Sunbeam built.
The book is large, with its own dustjacket. The photographs, of which there are many, are large, showing detail that would be lost in a smaller format. The captions are well researched, as is the whole book, and there is a full list of Sunbeam racing results in an appendix.
There are technical illustrations and detailed notes about the designs running through the whole book for engineering minds to boggle over.
In all, a highly researched and pleasing book that will be treasured by the owner. It also stands as an epitaph to the enthusiasm and diligent research of the author, who was well known in British old-car circles.
A masterpiece.

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