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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||Hardcover - Cloth over boards / With dust jacket
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