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The English language is now accepted as the global lingua franca of the modern age, spoken or written in by over a quarter of the human race. But how did it evolve? How did a language spoken originally by a few thousand Anglo-Saxons become one used by more than 1,500 million? What developments can be seen as we move from Beowulf to Chaucer to Shakespeare to Dickens and the present day? A host of fascinating questions are answered in The Stories of English ? a groundbreaking history of the language by David Crystal, the ...

The Stories of English 2005, Penguin Books Ltd, London

ISBN-13: 9780141015934

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The Stories of English 2005, Overlook Press

ISBN-13: 9781585677191

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The Stories of English 2004, Overlook Books

ISBN-13: 9781585676019

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The Stories of English 2004, Allen Lane, London

ISBN-13: 9780713997521

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