The Stories of English

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Overlook Press, 2004 - 584 頁
The Stories of English is a groundbreaking history of the language by David Crystal, the world-renowned writer and commentator on English. Other books have been written on the subject, but they focused on the educated, printed language called standard English. Crystal turns the history of the language on its head and provides a startlingly original view of where the richness, creativity, and diversity of the language truly lies--in the accents and dialects of nonstandard English users all over the globe. Interwoven within this central chronological story are accounts of uses of dialect around the world as well as in literary classics from The Canterbury Tales to The Lord of the Rings. For the first time, regional speech and writing is placed center stage. This significant shift in perspective enables the reader to understand the importance of everyday, previously marginalized, voices in our language, and provides an argument for the way English should be taught in the future.

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用戶評語  - Jean-Daniel - Babelio

The Stories of English par David Crystal Crystal’s book is a very comprehensive survey of the development of English. British linguist Crystal depicts the history of the English language from the ... 閱讀評論全文

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A vast info-dump. It reads like the production of a privately-printing seventeenth-century antiquary who has written down many thing that interest him and has had no publishers telling him to remember ... 閱讀評論全文

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The origins of Old English
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The Celtic language puzzle
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The rise and fall of West Saxon
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David Crystal is honorary professor of linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor, and the editor of The Penguin Encyclopedia.

 

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