Stories Of English

Paperback | May 31, 2005

byDavid Crystal

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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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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 answer...

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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 ...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:592 pages, 7.76 × 5 × 0.76 inPublished:May 31, 2005Publisher:Penguin UkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0141015934

ISBN - 13:9780141015934

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