When and why did 'thou' disappear from Standard English?
Would a Victorian Cockney have said 'observation' or 'hobservation'?
Was Jane Austen making a mistake when she wrote 'Jenny and James are walked to Charmonth this afternoon'?
This superbly well-informed - and also wonderfully entertaining - history of the English language answers all these questions, showing how the many strands of English (Standard English, dialect and slang among them) developed to create the richly-varied language of today.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 592 pages, Illustrations, maps
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 05/05/2005
- Category: Historical & comparative linguistics
- ISBN: 9780141015934