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The Story of English in 100 Words par [Crystal, David]
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Longueur : 288 pages Composition améliorée: Activé Page Flip: Activé
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Revue de presse

'Crystal's book is full of distractions and delights' -- Daily Express

'One of [Crystal's] best ... it builds gradually into a kind of linguistic tapestry, packed with abstruse information, wonderfully readable' -- Spectator

'If the history of language is a sort of labyrinth, David Crystal is an excellent guide' -- The Age, Australia

'Delicious revelations ... Crystal does an excellent job, not just of tracing the etymology of a word, but of relating it to social history, painting a picture of our times through words' --Independent on Sunday

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Featuring Latinate and Celtic words, weasel words and nonce-words, ancient words ('loaf') to cutting edge ('twittersphere') and spanning the indispensable words that shape our tongue ('and', 'what') to the more fanciful ('fopdoodle'), Crystal takes us along the winding byways of language via the rude, the obscure and the downright surprising.

In this unique new history of the world's most ubiquitous language, linguistics expert David Crystal draws on words that best illustrate the huge variety of sources, influences and events that have helped to shape our vernacular since the first definitively English word was written down in the fifth century ('roe', in case you are wondering).

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 3640 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 284 pages
  • Editeur : Profile Books; Édition : Main (13 octobre 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B005FQ1GSO
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David Crystal, comme à son habitude, nous propose un livre clair, abordable et bien écrit qui permet de se faire une idée de l'évolution de la langue anglais à travers les siècles, en choisissant 100 mots dont chacun illustre une particularité de la langue ou de son histoire. Très instructif pour les amateurs.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 English: Where It Came From, Where It's Going 13 mai 2012
Par William Holmes - Publié sur
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The "Story of English in 100 Words" is intended to merge two approaches to writing about the English language. One approach is to discuss themes and trends within major periods of development, as author David Crystal has done in other volumes. Another approach involves "wordbooks" or "phrase books" that examine the etymology of particular words or the origins of certain phrases. In an effort to reconcile these two techniques, Crystal has selected the 100 words he offers here because each tells part of the story of how the English language developed, all the way through to contemporary usage.

Crystal largely succeeds in his attempt, though I think the result still ends up being more of an etymology book than a systemic history of English. Still, it's a fun and highlighy readable narrative, and as a bonus you'll actually learn the stories of far more than 100 words--while each of the 100 chapters uses a single word as its starting point, Crystal introduces many other words and phrases for illustration and comparison.

There are plenty of illuminating moments. Chapter 4, for example, explores the history of the word "loaf", a word that started out as the Anglo-Saxon "hlaf" during the 9th Century. The head of a household was a "hlaf-weard," literally a bread warden; the woman of the house was a "hlaefdige," a bread-kneader (the word "dige" is related to the modern "dough"). Hlaf-weard changed in the 14th century, as people quit pronouncing the "f", leading eventually to "lahrd" and finally to "lord." (Although Crystal doesn't mention it in this book, the Anglo-Saxon "hlaefdige" gradually evolved into "lady".) It's interesting to learn that the words "lord" and "lady" derived from the old Anglo-Saxon word for a loaf of bread, which speaks volumes about the subsistence level of the Medieval English economy--such people were important because they controlled the food supply, not just because they owned bags of gold.

Another, similar book, which I took up after finishing Crystal's work, is The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language, which performs a similar service, albeit in a more pointedly witty way.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Disappointed 18 juin 2012
Par Guido van Rossum - Publié sur
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I bought this after reading a quite positive review in the San Francisco Chronicle's Books section, since I have an ongoing interest in the English language. (It's not my mother tongue, but I feel I've mastered it quite well after living in the US for 17 years.) Sadly, while it was often amusing, the work did not live up to my expectations.

It's perhaps best described as 100 short "columns" about random aspects of etymology and word formation. Each column takes specific word as a starting point, but usually that word is just a conversation starter. Sadly, many of the conversations don't go very deep. The least interesting ones degenerate in long lists of words that "also" follow a specific pattern. The best ones taught me interesting things I didn't know before, but there just weren't enough of these. Some of the worst ones seemed to just be improvisations, discussing some of the author's opinions on non-language-related subjects or telling almost-funny jokes.

The author is also quite keen on the new words brought to us by the age of the Internet. Sadly, he appears to be a rather casual Internet user and doesn't have much to add. Often when he tries to show off his knowledge of Internet jargon he misses the mark by emphasizing terms already obsolete or getting them slightly wrong. I suspect he's using some secondary sources.

All in all, not a total waste, but hardly the best $11 I've ever spent.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Five Stars 18 janvier 2017
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wonderful book for the linguistically curious. erudite but fun to read.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Surprising! 1 janvier 2013
Par CPatter - Publié sur
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I first heard about this book after an interview with the author on WNYC. It was surprising about so many words - and the words chosen for the book. Some of the history was a bit dry and drilled down a bit to far, but for true wordsmiths, and anyone interested in wondering where certain words came from or how they became so prevalent, a good read.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 An interesting light read 8 juin 2015
Par Kiwi viewer - Publié sur
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This book was a very enjoyable way to while away a few hours with a light read. You learn many interesting footnotes and a bit about the way language works.
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