The Story of English in 100 Words (Ebook)

David Crystal

An eye-opening tour of the English language through the ages

Featuring Latinate and Celtic words, weasel words and nonce-words, ancient words ('loaf') to cutting edge ('twittersphere') and spanning the indispensable words that shape our tongue ('and', 'what') to the more fanciful ('fopdoodle'), Crystal takes us along the winding byways of language via the rude, the obscure and the downright surprising.

In this unique new history of the world's most ubiquitous language, linguistics expert David Crystal draws on words that best illustrate the huge variety of sources, influences and events that have helped to shape our vernacular since the first definitively English word was written down in the fifth century ('roe', in case you are wondering).

Publication date: 13/10/2011

£5.99

ISBN: 9781847654595

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B005FQ1GSO

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Arts, Language & Literature

The Story of English in 100 Words (Paperback)

David Crystal

An eye-opening tour of the English language through the ages

Featuring Latinate and Celtic words, weasel words and nonce-words, ancient words ('loaf') to cutting edge ('twittersphere') and spanning the indispensable words that shape our tongue ('and', 'what') to the more fanciful ('fopdoodle'), Crystal takes us along the winding byways of language via the rude, the obscure and the downright surprising.

In this unique new history of the world's most ubiquitous language, linguistics expert David Crystal draws on words that best illustrate the huge variety of sources, influences and events that have helped to shape our vernacular since the first definitively English word was written down in the fifth century ('roe', in case you are wondering).

Publication date: 05/07/2012

£9.99

ISBN: 9781846684289

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Arts, Language & Literature

Reviews for The Story of English in 100 Words

'Crystal's book is full of distractions and delights'

 Daily Express

'One of [Crystal's] best ... it builds gradually into a kind of linguistic tapestry, packed with abstruse information, wonderfully readable'

 Spectator

'If the history of language is a sort of labyrinth, David Crystal is an excellent guide'

 The Age, Australia

'Delicious revelations ... Crystal does an excellent job, not just of tracing the etymology of a word, but of relating it to social history, painting a picture of our times through words'

 Independent on Sunday

David Crystal

David Crystal

David Crystal is Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Bangor. His many books range from clinical linguistics to the liturgy and Shakespeare. He is the author of Making a Point, The Story of English in 100 Words and Spell It Out: The Singular History of English Spelling, both published by Profile. His Stories of English is a Penguin Classic.

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