More Than A Million Words, Weird Spellings, Words That Are Spelled The Same But Pronounced Differently Or Vice Versa Where On Earth Did The English Language Come From The Answer Is That English Isn T Just The Speech Of One Nation It S The Memory Of Thousands Of Years Of History It Tracks The Places People Came From, The Places They Went, The Adventures They Had, The Friends And Enemies They Made, The Battles They Won And Lost.As English Changed And Grew, It Became A Jumble Of Sounds, Words, And Rules From Countless Languages And Nations And It S Still Changing And Growing Every Day More Than Seventy Percent Of All English Words Were Born Someplace Other Than England That S Why English Can Be So Confusing And Inconsistent And That S Why English Is The Richest, Most International, And Most Versatile Language In The World This Innovative Book Takes Us On A Journey Through Time To Unravel And Demystify The Story Of English Word Games, Intriguing Facts, And Tricky Quizzes Add An Element Of Fun While Enriching Readers Knowledge And Understanding From The Trade Paperback Edition. While evidently written for younger readers or at least, younger than myself , I found this book full of fun facts Did you know that Denim began as cloth de N mes cloth from N mes, a town in France That the emergency message mayday comes from French m aidez meaning help me The word nickname was originally an
I was looking for a book that would provide a brief history of the English language This fit the need perfectly a quick, high level overview of how American English came to be what it is today The many examples help to see and hear h
I was hoping for linguistics and etymologies along with the historical background of the spread of the English language, maybe a in depth look at how this language evolved Still, all in all, this was an interesting read. Reviewed by Mary Anne CreeI always look forward to a new book by Gena Gorrell She writes beautiful prose and is thorough and careful in her research With her latest book Say What she takes us on a fascinating journey through the history of the English language It is serious and scholarly in its approach but it also takes a lighter look at some of the peculiarities of English There are fun quizzes and activities too English is a language full of other languages it evolved over many years, picking up bits from other languages as people conquered new lands, moved around and embraced new cultures The author describes the development of English in a chronological way, moving from the Indo European family of languages that started it all, to Greek, then through Latin, to the languages of the northern invaders of England, the Angles, Saxons and Vikings Then, of course, came a major turning point, with William the Conqueror bringing the sophisticated French language to the government and upper echelons of English life Gorrell devotes a chapter to the Elizabethan age and the glories of Shakespeare She traces the movement of English through the new colonies of North America and describes the conflict between different forms of English that resulted from its travels around the world There is a helpful timeline, and brief but comprehensive appendices on Sanskrit, Greek, Latin and
Well I am not a history buff, so this was a very hard book for me to get through I had to re read a lot of sentences, because it was not interesting to me The English language is very complex, so for a reader that wants to know about its origination, then this would be a perfect read Our language has come from a lot of backgrounds even religion has played a part in it This book will tell you not only how the language developed and why words changed as years passed, but it will also give you insight as to why our spelling is so crazy Believe it or not at one point in time it was thought that spelling words the way they sounded would be best, but due to different meanings for the same words that went out the window I give props to Samuel Johnson for writing
Should have given up on this book when the introduction referred to the English language as the most versatile in the world.Did give up on it when Gorrell made a joke I just couldn t let go about the endless case endings in Latin and how it s no wonder no one speaks it any If you need me to explain why this is such a bad joke here it is 1 Latin managed to hobble along with its endless cases for than 1000 years It died because the Romans
Very good It is easy to understand and interesting, filled with fun facts and quotes from people such as William Shakespeare and Geoffrey Chaucer It is also a lesson in the history of Britain how invaders and immigrants shaped the lives of the British people and how they influenced other people aro
Reads a bit like a textbook, complete with exercises at the ends of chapters Some interesting facts, but an overview of the history of England with some word origins thrown in I could see this being used in a classroom for a quick reference or fill in activities, but not the most enthralling read. Interesting book, if you have this particularly nerdy side to you Doesn t get too deep, which is good for me, since my linguistics classes were living nightmares in college Also, helps on the snob factor with interesting tidbits. Fascinating journey thought the history of the English language You learn a lot about history to, could have used some focus on language issues like grammar, also has fun exercises to help apply principals.
- 152 pages
- Say What?
- Gena K. Gorrell
- 07 September 2017 Gena K. Gorrell