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The Stories of English

David Crystal

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Penguin
01 August 2005
linguistics; Historical & comparative linguistics
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 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.
By:   David Crystal
Imprint:   Penguin
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   404g
ISBN:   9780141015934
ISBN 10:   0141015934
Pages:   592
Publication Date:   01 August 2005
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

Reviews for The Stories of English

This new history of the English language in all its manifestations is among the best ever written, and is both entertaining and informative.


  • Short-listed for British Academy Book Prize 2005
  • Shortlisted for British Academy Book Prize 2005.

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