The Stories of English, Paperback

The Stories of English Paperback



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
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  • Category: Historical & comparative linguistics
  • ISBN: 9780141015934



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