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English Language By David Crystal

English Language
by David Crystal

Provides a survey of the English language in its various forms. This book describes the structure of the language, the uses of English throughout the world and provides a history of English. It includes a chapter on 'The effect of technology' on the English language.
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The English Language: A Guided Tour of the Language by David Crystal

This is the definitive survey of the English language - in all its forms. Crystal writes accessibly about the structure of the language, the uses of English throughout the world and finally he gives a brief history of English. The book has been fully revised and there is a fascinating new chapter on 'The effect of technology' on the English language. 'Illuminating guided tour of our common treasure by one of its most lucid and sensible professionals' The Times 'A splendid blend of erudition and entertainment' THES

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'A splendid blend of erudition and entertainment' THES

About David Crystal


David Crystal is Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor. He is one of the most highly respected commentators on the English Language. He lives in Holyhead. His titles for Penguin include Words on Words, Language Play, Listen to Your Child. He is currently working on The Penguin Shakespeare Glossary for publication 08/02.

Table of Contents


The English language today - pidgins and creoles. Part 1 The structure of English: grammar - grammar and you; vocabulary - how large is your vocabulary?; pronunciation - received pronunciation; spelling - spelling reform. Part 2 The uses of English: language variety - trucker talk; English at play - sound symbolism; the effect of technology - texting; personal English - statistical laws. Part 3 The history of English: old English - casting the runes; middle English - the origins of modern standard English; early modern English - words then and now; English around the world - British and American English; English today - plain English; English tomorrow; appendices.

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GOR001295150
The English Language: A Guided Tour of the Language by David Crystal
David Crystal
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Penguin Books Ltd
2002-03-28
336
0141003960
9780141003962
N/A
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