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    DescriptionWhen 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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    Title
    The Stories of English
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David Crystal
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 592
    Width: 126 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 399 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780141015934
    ISBN 10: 0141015934
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: LAN
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2AB
    BIC subject category V2: CFF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S1.5
    BISAC V2.8: LAN009000
    Ingram Subject Code: LA
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11500
    DC22: 427, 420.9
    BISAC V2.8: REF000000, HIS000000
    BIC subject category V2: 2AB
    Thema V1.0: GB, NH, CFF
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations, maps
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Publication date
    01 January 2006
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    David Crystal is Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor. He has published over 90 books and was awarded the OBE for services to the English language in 1995. He is the editor of the Penguin Encyclopedia and the New Penguin Factfinder.
    Review quote
    "This new history of the English language in all its manifestations is among the best ever written, and is both entertaining and informative."