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The Story of English: Revised Edition Paperback – 1993

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics) (1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140154051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140154054
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 2.1 x 23.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 953 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
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Format: Paperback
This book is a very readable and well researched introduction to the history of the English language. It contains a great deal of material about the many varieties of English, including separate chapters on Irish English, Scots English, American English, Caribbean English, and Australian and South African English. The photographs and maps that are featured throughout the book are excellent. The maps provide invaluable insights to the historical processes of change, and the pictures make the history come alive. In some places, it is clear that the book was written as a companion to the TV series, when the narrative takes us to an interview with a dialect speaker and then falls flat. If you have access to the video, the motivation for these interviews is much more clear when you can hear the person talk. This book would be excellent for the general reader; it would also make a good textbook for an introductory course on the development of English.
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I picked up this book out of a longstanding curiosity about the English language and I cannot put it down! I am not a native speaker of English -- although I had my first contact with (Brittish) English at the age of six -- and this book was a pleasant surprise! It reveals the multitudinous forces that have shaped the English language and its numerous variants since the very beginning until today. It also presents the relation between language and culture quite eloquently; the story of English is very interesting precisely because the story of its speakers throughout the world is so rich! Anyway, if you are curious like me, then pick the book up yourself and read it!
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By A Customer on Aug. 6 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderfully readable overview of the history of the English language, but very indepth as well. I highly recommend it. Perhaps the only problem with it is its size, but this allows for great maps and photos which help you follow along with the text. The greatest thing about it is that it isn't just a story of English, but of "Englishes."
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I first discovered this book at a local library's used-book sale. I found it fascinating and informative. As an elementary schoolteacher, I have used portions of it for reference and lessons. In this nation of immigrants, anyone with even a mild interest in language will find this book highly entertaining and educational!
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This book is a must read for anyone interested in the English language and it's orgins. As an English teacher I have found the book to be a usefull reference and teaching tool. The book is also written clearly and in lay language so anyone can understand it.
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By A Customer on Sept. 12 1999
Format: Paperback
I bought this book on a whim, and then spent the next two days finishing it, cover to cover. It was the most engrossing non-fiction book I have ever read. Of course, it helps to have an interest in the subject matter.
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