Books we love
History of English, Books
Professor Ann Curzan, the scholar on the history of English we interviewed for last week's Behind The Dictionary feature, recommends these books on the subject:
David Crystal's The Stories of English "is packed with interesting information about the history of English."
Bill Bryson's The Mother Tongue "is a very accessible history of English."
John McWhorter's Word on the Street: Debunking the Myth of "Pure" Standard English "is also accessible and treats both language change and dialectal differences."
Language Myths, edited by Laurie Bauer and Peter Trudgill, "is a collection of short, very smart essays that address a range of myths about language -- language change, dialects, the effects of TV, etc."
"Michael Adams and I have written an introductory textbook about English linguistics that people tell us doesn't read like your average textbook (which was absolutely our goal!): How English Works