December 2009

The Stories of English


Linguist David Crystal is a prominent figure in the academic circles. In fact, you have probably come across him in a variety of media forms (TV, radio, etc.). As it is, they featured one of his language theories on the delightfully funny British show called It's Only a Theory. Well, we've heard of his contributions to his particular field of interest but what about checking out one of his works? The one that I will refer to is called The Stories of English. This book is rather fitting for the history book club as it traces the way various social groups and languages have shaped the English language. Most importantly, the author uncovers the history and development of the non-standard English language varieties.