By David Crystal
Who shaped and formed the English language? David and Hilary Crystal take us on a trip via Britain to find the folks who gave our language its color and personality Saxon invaders, medieval students, poets, reformers, dictionary writers. half travelogue, half heritage, this superbly illustrated ebook is filled with unforeseen delights.
The ebook relates a true trip. David and Hilary Crystal drove millions of miles to supply this attention-grabbing mixture of English-language background and travelogue, from destinations in south-east Kent to the Scottish lowlands, and from south-west Wales to the East Anglian coast. David offers the descriptions and linguistic institutions, Hilary the full-colour images. They comprise a advisor for someone eager to keep on with of their footsteps yet manage the e-book to mirror the chronology of the language. This begins with the Anglo-Saxon arrivals in Kent and within the areas that exhibit the earliest proof of English. It leads to London with the most recent apps for grammar. In among are intimate encounters with the areas linked to such writers as Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Wordsworth the biblical Wycliffe and Tyndale the dictionary compilers Cawdrey, Johnson, and Murray dialect writers, elocutionists, and grammarians, and a number of alternative personalities.
Among the books many joys are its the range that let warriors corresponding to Byrhtnoth and King Alfred to rub shoulders with wordsmiths like Robert Burns and Tim Bobbin, and the unforeseen discoveries that brighten up each degree of the authors epic trip.
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The farm animals have been bred to resemble those found in Anglo-Saxon times. Two Dexter oxen have been named, period-appropriately, Oswin and Edwin. The farm is called Gyrwe, the Old English name for Jarrow—pronounced roughly as ‘yeerway’. It’s an atmospheric place, with three full-size timber Jarrow 27 Page opposite. The eastern end of St Paul’s Church, showing the Anglo-Saxon church. The monastery site has changed a lot in recent years. Trees have grown quite high along the hillside leading down to the Don, so that the unimpeded view of the church along with the ruins on one of the official postcards is now totally lost.
Beware horses, walkers, and joggers. At the top of the hill, turn right at the signpost saying Byway, and a car park is ahead.
The news spread—with unwelcome results. For some time his farmland was inundated with treasure-seekers, harming the crops and with no interest in reporting any finds to the authorities. To avoid further unwanted attention, Mr Flack has never told anyone of the exact place he found the bracteate, and we respected his attitude, deciding that this would be one place in this book where the photograph would not be the actual location of the event (p. 20). It is, however, a picture of one of the fields at Undley Common.