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Wordsmiths & warriors : the English-language tourist's guide to Britain

Author: David Crystal; Hilary Crystal
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2015. ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Who formed and shaped the English language? David and Hilary Crystal take us on a journey through Britain to discover the people who gave our language its colour and character; Saxon invaders,  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Crystal; Hilary Crystal
ISBN: 9780198729136 0198729138
OCLC Number: 913647954
Notes: Includes indexes.
Description: vii, 424 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Pegwell Bay : arrival --
Caistor St Edmund : the earliest known English word --
Undley Common : the first recorded English sentence --
Jarrow : Bede and the origins of English --
Lindisfarne : glossaries and translations --
Ruthwell : the finest runic inscription --
Stourton and Edington : King Alfred and the birth of English --
Maldon : the ultimate warrior wordsmith --
Winchester : the first standard English --
Cerne Abbas : Ælfric and the first English conversation --
Ely : Wulfstan and Old English style --
Peterborough : the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle --
Battle and Normans Bay : the French connection --
Bourne : Orrm and English spelling --
Areley Kings : Layamon's English Chronicle --
Chester and Berkeley : Higden, Trevisa, and the rise of English --
Rhuddlan : the English language in Wales --
Manorbier : little England beyond Wales --
Dunfermline : the birth of Scots English --
Talbot Yard, London SE1 : Chaucer and Middle English --
Canterbury : from ancient to modern --
Cursitor Street, London EC4 : Chancery and standard English --
Tothill Street, London SW1 : Caxton and printing English --
St Albans : Juliana Berners and collective nouns --
Paston : a family of letters --
Lutterworth : John Wycliffe and Bible translation --
North Nibley : William Tyndale and the English Bible --
Chichester : William Bullokar and the first English grammar --
Suffolk Lane and St Paul's, London EC4 : Richard Mulcaster and the status of English --
Stratford-upon-Avon : Shakespeare and English idiom --
Park Street, London SE1 : Shakespeare and linguistic innovation --
Oakham : Robert Cawdrey and the first dictionary --
Willoughby : John Smith and new Englishes --
East India Dock, London E14 : the East India Company and global English --
Hampton Court Palace : King James and his Bible --
Black Notley : John Ray and English proverbs --
Aldwincle : John Dryden and an English Academy --
Old Broad Street, London EC2 : the Royal Society and scientific English --
Rochdale : Tim Bobbin and local dialect --
Lichfield : Johnson and the dictionary --
Old St Pancras Church, London NW1 : John Walker and pronunciation --
York : Lindley Murray and English grammar --
Alloway : Robert Burns and Scots --
Peebles and Edinburgh : the Chambers brothers and encyclopedic English --
Grasmere : William Wordsworth and poetic language --
West Malvern : Roget and the thesaurus --
Bath : Isaac Pitman and English shorthand --
Oxford : James Murray and the Oxford English Dictionary --
Winterborne Came : William Barnes and speech-craft --
Higher Bockhampton : Thomas Hardy and Wessex dialect --
Saltaire : Joseph Wright and English dialects --
Hinton St George : Henry Fowler and English usage --
Ayot St Lawrence : George Bernard Shaw and spelling reform --
Laugharne : Dylan Thomas and Welsh English --
Tilbury : the Empire Windrush and new dialects --
University College, London WC1 : Daniel Jones and English phonetics --
University College, London WC1 : the Survey of English Usage --
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Other Titles: Wordsmiths and warriors
Responsibility: David Crystal ; Hilary Crystal.

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