9781585676019

The STORIES OF ENGLISH

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  • ISBN13:

    9781585676019

  • ISBN10:

    1585676012

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2004-09-02
  • Publisher: Overlook Pr

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Summary

A history of the English language draws on the diversity of dialects and regional accents around the world, as well as the dialects that appear in a variety of literary classics, to explain the significance of the language.

Author Biography

David Crystal is Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii
List of Maps viii
Introduction 1(14)
The standard story
3(2)
The real story
5(10)
Chapter 1: The origins of Old English 15(19)
Interlude 1: The Celtic language puzzle
29(5)
Chapter 2: The Old English dialects 34(23)
Interlude 2: The rise and fall of West Saxon
54(3)
Chapter 3: Early lexical diversity 57(29)
Interlude 3: Understanding Danes
82(4)
Chapter 4: Stylistic variation in Old English 86(19)
Interlude 4: Grammatical transition
101(4)
Chapter 5: The transition to Middle English 105(16)
Interlude 5: Two Peterborough Chronicles
117(4)
Chapter 6: A trilingual nation 121(23)
Interlude 6: Lay Subsidy dialects
140(4)
Chapter 7: Lexical invasions 144(25)
Interlude 7: The first dialect story
163(6)
Chapter 8: Evolving variation 169(25)
Interlude 8: Well well
190(4)
Chapter 9: A dialect age 194(28)
Interlude 9: Where did the -s ending come from?
218(4)
Chapter 10: The emerging standard 222(32)
Interlude 10: Complaining about change
249(5)
Chapter 11: Printing and its consequences 254(31)
Interlude 11: The first English dictionary
280(5)
Chapter 12: Early Modern English preoccupations 285(26)
Interlude 12,: Choosing thou or you
307(4)
Chapter 13: Linguistic daring 311(27)
Interlude r3: Avoiding transcriptional anaemia
334(4)
Chapter 14: Dialect fallout 338(27)
Interlude 14: A beggarly portrayal
361(4)
Chapter 15: Stabilizing disorder 365(27)
Interlude 15: Delusions of simplicity
388(4)
Chapter 16: Standard rules 392(27)
Interlude 16: Glottal stops
415(4)
Chapter 17: New horizons 419(34)
Interlude 17: Tracking a change: the case of y'all
449(4)
Chapter 18: Linguistic life goes on 453(31)
Interlude 18: The grammatical heart of nonstandard English
480(4)
Chapter 19: And dialect life goes on 484(30)
Interlude 19: Dialect in Middle Earth
510(4)
Chapter 20: Times a-changin' 514(21)
Appendix: The location of the towns and counties of England referred to in this book 535(3)
Notes 538(13)
References 551(10)
Acknowledgements 561(1)
Person Index 562(8)
Subject Index 570

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