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


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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Ein sehr gutes Werk und ein absolutes Must Have für jeden, der an der Englischen Sprache interessiert ist.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen For Fans of English 16. April 2014
Von Joe Leach - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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What happened to the old English letters ash, eth, thorn, wynn and yogh? How did the Vikings in the Dane Law affect the language? When is “ye” not “ye.”? How did “doeth” become “does?” Why doesn’t Standard English have a pronoun for the second person plural? Why didn’t French eliminate English as the national language after the Norman Conquest? Why does the word ”debt“ have a silent “b”? What are the two newest letters in the alphabet?
If you think these are interesting questions, you will like this book. David Crystal describes how the ancient kingdoms of Wessex, Mercia, East Anglia, Northumberland and Kent each contributed to what we know as “Standard English.” These historical kingdoms have left their mark on the regional dialects and accents of England and the US. Later interactions with other languages around the world gave a subtlety and complexity to English that made it highly expressive. Crystal traces English's improbable ascent to world power. Throughout, there has been a tension between stabilization (defining a standard variety of English) and change (agglomeration of foreign and regional words and grammar). Unlike other languages, English has no “academy” to regulate grammar, vocabulary and spelling. This is probably a good thing. Crystal maintains that as the English language becomes more globalized, “Standard English” is neither an attainable nor even a desirable goal.
I liked how he interspersed illustrative vignettes throughout the book, but I still feel his style could have been a little tighter--he could have given us the same amount of information in a hundred fewer pages.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen liked this library book so much I bought my own copy 1. April 2014
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This book is wonderful. If you love language, you need to read this book. The author did an immense amount of research and put it together in a clear and enjoyable way. From the deep past to the most recent, he describes how English grew and developed.
One of the most amusing passages is where he quoted a serious poem written before "fart" was considered a word not suited for literature. I am reading it again and find that it helps me understand my own mother tongue...
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Wonderful survey of the history of the English language 29. Oktober 2012
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I used this book in my university course "History of the English Language" which itself was a wonderful course.

Today, a great majority of people speak the English language. Few, especially in my country (USA) know anything about its origins or history. So many struggle with its apparent contradictory rules and baffling words. Why do we have words like through, though, and laugh which have a string of seemingly unimportant silent letters? Why is i come before e except after c a rule when there are so many exceptions? Why are double-negatives a "no-no" when other languages use them to emphasize the negative connotation? Why do some speakers have such trouble with syntax? Why did we used to have words like "thee" and "thine" but no longer?

Many of the answers are detailed within. I encourage anyone whose native tongue is English to read it.
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Shipped quickly, item came in good condition with no bent pages, but signs of wear/age, and the book itself is very interesting! I was going to buy another title, but decided to purchase this one after reading reviews. I agree that this has a lot of fascinating information/examples, and am enjoying it.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Crystal never disappoints 7. März 2013
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A prolific writer, David Crystal has established himself as the great populariser of modern linguistic history. If you want to buy one history of the English language, this is the one to get. Other histories hem and haw or gloss over problems in the history. Crystal confronts them head on in his inter-chapters or interludes, when he reflects on, for example, why Scottish Gaelic died out so early.

Crystal never condescends and never lectures: you always feel part of a conversation with a knowledgeable, chatty, and slightly dotty uncle who just wants you stay for one more glass of sherry while he finishes his story.
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