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The English language: its origins, history and usage

The Story of English

The Story of English

by Robert McCrum, William Cran & Robery McNeill

- a comprehensive and very interesting account of the origins and development of the English language.

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The English Languages

The English Languages

by Tom McArthur

- explores the ways in which the many varieties of English are becoming further and further from one another and the possiblity that they may become separate languages.

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The English language

The English Language

by David Crystal

- an interesting introduction to the English language in all its many forms.

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The Stories of English

The Stories of English

by David Crystal

- an account of the origins and history of English from Beowulf to text messaging. It discusses not only the development standard language but also at regional dialects and other 'nonstandard' varieties.

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The adventure of English: 500AD to 2000: the biography of a language

The adventure of English: 500AD to 2000: the biography of a language

by Melvyn Bragg

- an entertaining and informative book about the history of the English language.

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The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language

The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language

by David Crystal

- an excellent, interesting and comprehensive general reference book on the history, structure and worldwide use of the English language.

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Mother Tongue

Mother Tongue

by Bill Bryson

- a humorous look at all aspects of the English language.

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Made in America

Made in America

by Bill Bryson

- an informal and irreverant history of the English language in the USA.

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Depraved English

Depraved English

by Peter Novobatzky and Ammon Shea

- this unusual, un-put-downable little volume collects more than three hundred of the English language's most disgusting, offensive, and obscene words - words that have fallen out of common usage but will no doubt delight, amuse, and in some cases prove surprisingly useful.

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Crazy English

Crazy English - the Ultimate Joy Ride Through Our Language

by Richard Lederer

- a most entertaining and lighthearted look at some of the eccentricities of the English language.

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English - Its life and times

by Robert Claiborne

- an examination of the developments in English's linguistic history. The book investigates where various English words originated and the author shows that words can tell us how our linguistic ancestors lived, where they travelled and with whom they came in contact.

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Old English and Its Closest Relatives

Old English and Its Closest Relatives: A Survey of the Earliest Germanic Languages

by Orrin W. Robinson

- an interesting introduction to Gothic, Old Norse, Old English, Old Saxon, Old High German, Old Low Franconian and Old Frisian with example texts and historical background to each language.

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