Stories of English

ISBN-10: 1585677191

ISBN-13: 9781585677191

Edition: N/A

Authors: David Crystal

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The Stories of English is a groundbreaking history of the language by David Crystal, the world-renowned writer and commentator on English. Other books have been written on the subject, but they focused on the educated, printed language called standard English. Crystal turns the history of the language on its head and provides a startlingly original view of where the richness, creativity, and diversity of the language truly lies--in the accents and dialects of nonstandard English users all over the globe. Interwoven within this central chronological story are accounts of uses of dialect around the world as well as in literary classics from The Canterbury Tales to The Lord of the Rings. For the first time, regional speech and writing is placed center stage. This significant shift in perspective enables the reader to understand the importance of everyday, previously marginalized, voices in our language, and provides an argument for the way English should be taught in the future.
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Book details

List price: $18.95
Publisher: Overlook Press, The
Publication date: 9/6/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 592
Size: 5.50" wide x 7.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

List of Illustrations
List of Maps
The standard story
The real story
The origins of Old English
The Celtic language puzzle
The Old English dialects
The rise and fall of West Saxon
Early lexical diversity
Understanding Danes
Stylistic variation in Old English
Grammatical transition
The transition to Middle English
Two Peterborough Chronicles
A trilingual nation
Lay Subsidy dialects
Lexical invasions
The first dialect story
Evolving variation
Well well
A dialect age
Where did the -s ending come from?
The emerging standard
Complaining about change
Printing and its consequences
The first English dictionary
Early Modern English preoccupations
Choosing thou or you
Linguistic daring
Avoiding transcriptional anaemia
Dialect fallout
A beggarly portrayal
Stabilizing disorder
Delusions of simplicity
Standard rules
Glottal stops
New horizons
Tracking a change: the case of y'all
Linguistic life goes on
The grammatical heart of nonstandard English
And dialect life goes on
Dialect in Middle Earth
Times a-changin'
The location of the towns and counties of England referred to in this book
Person Index
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