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The stories of English
Crystal, David
Adult Nonfiction PE1074.7 .C79 2004

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ContentsPage
List of Illustrationsp. vii
List of Mapsp. viii
Introductionp. 1
The standard storyp. 3
The real storyp. 5
Chapter 1 - The origins of Old Englishp. 15
Interlude 1 - The Celtic language puzzlep. 29
Chapter 2 - The Old English dialectsp. 34
Interlude 2 - The rise and fall of West Saxonp. 54
Chapter 3 - Early lexical diversityp. 57
Interlude 3 - Understanding Danesp. 82
Chapter 4 - Stylistic variation in Old Englishp. 86
Interlude 4 - Grammatical transitionp. 101
Chapter 5 - The transition to Middle Englishp. 105
Interlude 5 - Two Peterborough Chroniclesp. 117
Chapter 6 - A trilingual nationp. 121
Interlude 6 - Lay Subsidy dialectsp. 140
Chapter 7 - Lexical invasionsp. 144
Interlude 7 - The first dialect storyp. 163
Chapter 8 - Evolving variationp. 169
Interlude 8 - Well wellp. 190
Chapter 9 - A dialect agep. 194
Interlude 9 - Where did the -s ending come from?p. 218
Chapter 10 - The emerging standardp. 222
Interlude 10 - Complaining about changep. 249
Chapter 11 - Printing and its consequencesp. 254
Interlude 11 - The first English dictionaryp. 280
Chapter 12 - Early Modern English preoccupationsp. 285
Interlude 12 - Choosing thou or youp. 307
Chapter 13 - Linguistic daringp. 311
Interlude 13 - Avoiding transcriptional anaemiap. 334
Chapter 14 - Dialect falloutp. 338
Interlude 14 - A beggarly portrayalp. 361
Chapter 15 - Stabilizing disorderp. 365
Interlude 15 - Delusions of simplicityp. 388
Chapter 16 - Standard rulesp. 392
Interlude 16 - Glottal stopsp. 415
Chapter 17 - New horizonsp. 419
Interlude 17 - Tracking a change: the case of y'allp. 449
Chapter 18 - Linguistic life goes onp. 453
Interlude 18 - The grammatical heart of nonstandard Englishp. 480
Chapter 19 - And dialect life goes onp. 484
Interlude 19 - Dialect in Middle Earthp. 510
Chapter 20 - Times a-changin'p. 514
Appendix - The location of the towns and counties of England referred to in this bookp. 535
Notesp. 538
Referencesp. 551
Acknowledgementsp. 561
Person Indexp. 562


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