The Story of English

Author: Robert McCrum
ISBN: 0571275087
Release Date: 2011
Genre: English language

From the author of Globish, a new edition of the acclaimed history of the English language.

The Story of English

Author: Robert McCrum
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
ISBN: 0142002313
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Presents the history of the English language from its obscure Anglo-Saxon origins to its present status as the world's most prominent and fast-growing international language.

English Fairy Tales

Author: Joseph Jacobs
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9781576074268
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Reference

The first compilation of the full first-edition texts of the classic fairy tale collections by Joseph Jacobs, with Jacobs' original prefaces and annotations. * Reprints Jacobs' original versions of these 87 classic tales exactly as they were first published more than a century ago * Illustrated with the original block prints by John Batten

The Story of Baseball

Author: Lawrence S. Ritter
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0688162649
Release Date: 1999-04-28
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

"This solid, absorbing introduction to the history, mechanics, and magic of baseball has been expanded and updated, with the addition of several chapters incorporating new baseball lore and current faces. A winner in any season."--Horn Book. "A splendid volume for fans of all ages. a solid hit." --The New York Times "A grand slam all the way!" --School Library Journal

The Story of Webster s Third

Author: Herbert C. Morton
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521558697
Release Date: 1995-05-26
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

The publication of Webster's Third New International Dictionary in 1961 set off a storm of intense controversy in both the popular press and in scholarly journals due to widespread disagreements about the nature of language and the role of the dictionary. This is the first full account of the controversy, set within the larger background of how the dictionary was planned and put together by its editor-in-chief, Philip Babcock Gove. Based on original research and interviews with the people who knew and worked with Gove, this is a human story as well as the story of the making of a dictionary. The author skillfully interweaves an account of Gove's character and working habits with the evolution of the dictionary. In spite of its rocky initial reception, Webster's Third is now widely regarded as one of the greatest dictionaries of our time.

A History of the English Language

Author: Elly van Gelderen
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company
ISBN: 9789027270436
Release Date: 2014-04-03
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

The English language in its complex shapes and forms changes fast. This thoroughly revised edition has been refreshed with current examples of change and has been updated regarding archeological research. Most suggestions brought up by users and reviewers have been incorporated, for instance, a family tree for Germanic has been added, Celtic influence is highlighted much more, there is more on the origin of Chancery English, and internal and external change are discussed in much greater detail. The philosophy of the revised book remains the same with an emphasis on the linguistic history and on using authentic texts. My audience remains undergraduates (and beginning graduates). The goals of the class and the book are to come to recognize English from various time periods, to be able to read each stage with a glossary, to get an understanding of typical language change, internal and external, and to understand something about language typology through the emphasis on the change from synthetic to analytic. This book has a companion website:

21st Century American English Compendium

Author: Marvin Rubinstein
Publisher: Schreiber Publishing
ISBN: 9780884003168
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Reference

A compendium of American proverbs, expressions, slang, colloquialisms; British-US glossary; abbreviations and acronyms and other various odds and ends. Widely used by non-native speakers and translators.