am 9. August 2014
In general the book is interesting and sums up the most important facts. Still, there are two downsides. Firstly, some major linguistic terms and concepts are just left out (Great Vowel Shift, Grimm`s Law). Secondly, the author is very biased towards Standard English, calling all dialect speakers uneducated. I think that this is not acceptable for a linguist because linguistics is also about dialects and minorities. Nevertheless, it is a good introduction to the subject.