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The English Language


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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.

About the Author

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.


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