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Here's What Shakespeare's Plays Sounded Like With Their Original English Accent
In this short documentary, linguist David Crystal and his son, actor Ben Crystal, look at the differences between English pronunciation now and how it was spoken 400 years ago. They answer the most ba...
Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary
With additional material from a Thesaurus of Old English
A historical thesuarus that presents synonyms and their meanings in chronological order, noting their appearance and disappearance, representing a map of the development of words in the English langua...
Made in America
An Informal History of the English Language in the United States
Bryson, Bill
A history of American English.
The Meaning of Everything
The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary
Winchester, Simon
Middle English
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Middle English is the name given by historical linguists to the diverse forms of the English language in use between the late 11th century and about 1470, when the Chancery Standard, a form of London-...
The Oxford Guide to Writing & Speaking
The Key to Effective Communication
Seely, John
Spell It Out
The Curious, Enthralling and Extraordinary Story of English Spelling
Crystal, David
David Crystal offers up explanations of how English spellling, while not simple, can be sensible if you look at the history of the language and its vocabulary.