The Stories of English by David Crystal

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The groundbreaking history of the English language, fusing chronological with anecdotal and etymological accounts of individual word-histories, to create not ONE story, by many stories.
Alongside standard English we have a rich variety of the language from around the world.
"This new history of the English language in all its manifestations is among the best ever written, and is both entertaining and informative." Steven Pinker, author of The Language Instinct
"Simply the best introductory history of the English language family that we have. The plan of the book is ingenious, the writing lively, the exposition clear, and the scholarly standard uncompromisingly high.' J. M. Coetzee (Nobel Prize for fiction 2003)
 

About David Crystal

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DAVID CRYSTAL is the foremost expert on English, and honorary professor of linguistics at Bangor University in Wales. He has written many books and published articles in fields ranging from forensic linguistics and ELT to the liturgy and Shakespeare. In 1995, he was awarded the Order of the British Empire for services to the English language. He lives in the United Kingdom.    
 
Published September 6, 2005 by Overlook. 608 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, History, Travel. Non-fiction

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A celebrated linguist argues that all versions of English are created equal and that the reign of Emily Post–prescriptivists who insist that Standard English is “right” and all the rest “wrong” is nearing its end.

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But "with over 1.5 billion speakers of English around the globe, the English of England is today a tiny minority dialect of 'World English,' and getting tinier by the decade," Mr. Crystal says.

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The Stories of English, by David Crystal (Penguin, £8.99) Last week, I pointed out how hard it was to translate Goethe's poetry from the German: our language, despite being described technically as Germanic, does not abound in rhymes for those short but meaningful words like "love", "life", "dea...

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The Guardian

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The Stories of English by David Crystal 608pp Allen Lane, £25 Books about the history of the English language come in two main varieties.

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Publishers Weekly

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Leading British linguist Crystal (Shakespeare's Words ) immediately distinguishes his pluralistic study of English's evolution from the standard, narrowly focused histories by describing not only how it evolved on an isolated island example from a Germanic language to the standard English we know...

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Asian Review of Books

reviewed by Peter Gordon | 30 June 2004 ... The Stories of English, David Crystal
(Overlook Press, September 2004; Penguin Books Ltd, May 2005) .... perspective
on the English language and a historical perspective on the way the language ...

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The Sunday Times

In a classic episode of The Simpsons, a couple of schoolteachers are showing little Lisa and her classmates around a local museum dedicated to the founder of their home town, Jebediah Springfield.

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