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Definitive survey of English in all its global variations Despite the astonishingly widespread use of English, each speaker makes it their own. Whenever we write or speak we give away a great deal about ourselves by our choices in pronunciation, dialect, vocabulary and grammar. This fascinating book explores the way the language has developed, and examines the factors that unify it and the variations that divide it both nationwide and worldwide.
This is the definitive survey of the English language - in all its forms. Crystal writes accessibly about the structure of the language, the uses
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Definitive survey of English in all its global variations
Despite the astonishingly widespread use of English, each speaker makes it their own. Whenever we write or speak we give away a great deal about ourselves by our choices in pronunciation, dialect, vocabulary and grammar. This fascinating book explores the way the language has developed, and examines the factors that unify it and the variations that divide it both nationwide and worldwide.
This is the definitive survey of the English language - in all its forms. Crystal writes accessibly about the structure of the language, the uses of English throughout the world and finally he gives a brief history of English. The book has been fully revised and there is a fascinating new chapter on 'The effect of technology' on the English language. 'Illuminating guided tour of our common treasure by one of its most lucid and sensible professionals' The Times 'A splendid blend of erudition and entertainment' THES
  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: Penguin UK
  • 2nd ed.
  • Seitenzahl: 336
  • Erscheinungstermin: 28. März 2002
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 199mm x 129mm x 20mm
  • Gewicht: 240g
  • ISBN-13: 9780141003962
  • ISBN-10: 0141003960
  • Artikelnr.: 10658881
Autorenporträt
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.