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The stories of English

Author: David Crystal
Publisher: London : Allen Lane, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
The growing awareness and use of regional variation in the sixteenth century eventually manifested itself in terminology, notably in the arrival in English of the words dialect and accent. Accent came first, from Latin via French, recorded in 1538 in a very general sense of 'tone of voice' or 'pronunciation': call with a 'timorous accent', Iago tells Roderigo, in the opening scene of Othello (I.i.75). And from the  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Crystal
ISBN: 0713997524 9780713997521
OCLC Number: 59278708
Awards: Short-listed for British Academy Book Prize 2005
Description: 608 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. The origins of Old English. The Celtic language puzzle --
2. The Old English dialects. The rise and fall of West Saxon --
3. Early lexical diversity. Understanding Danes --
4. Stylistic variation in Old English. Grammatical transition --
5. The transition to Middle English. Two Peterborough Chronicles --
6. A trilingual nation. Lay Subsidy dialects --
7. Lexical invasions. The first dialect story --
8. Evolving variation. Well well --
9. A dialect age. Where did the -s ending come from? --
10. The emerging standard. Complaining about change --
11. Printing and its consequences. The first English dictionary --
12. Early modern English preoccupations. Choosing thou or you --
13. Linguistic daring. Avoiding transcriptional anaemia --
14. Dialect fallout. A beggarly portrayal --
15. Stabilizing disorder. Delusions of simplicity --
16. Standard rules. Glottal stops --
17. New horizons. Tracking a change : the case of y'all --
18. Linguistic life goes on. The grammatical heart of nonstandard English --
19. And dialect life goes on. Dialect in Middle Earth --
20. Times a-changin'. Appendix : The location of the towns and counties of England referred to in this book.
Responsibility: David Crystal.


A host of fascinating questions are answered in The Stories of English - a groundbreaking history of the language by David Crystal, the world renowned writer and commentator on English.  Read more...


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