King Alfred's English

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Item #: 013958
ISBN: 9780980187717
Grades: 7-12

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Publisher: Shorter Word Press

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Have you ever laughed out loud when reading a history book? If you have then you�ve been reading the delightful KING ALFRED�S ENGLISH: A History of the Language We Speak and Why We Should Be Glad We Do by Laurie J White White in her casual style traces the history of the English language from the days of Julius Caesar to the present Here�s her summation of the people groups who had the most influence on the English language giving it a larger vocabulary than any other language on earth: �When English arrived in England it was a lean trim meaty stock of Anglo-Saxon words Then over the centuries it feasted on Latin and Norse gorged on French and chased down the whole meal with a fizzy swig of Greek and a fresh twist of Latin during the Renaissance�In KING ALFRED�S ENGLISH you�ll get an entertaining history of England and Western Europe an intriguing record of the development of the Bible and a greater appreciation of the language that brings you the word �bodacious � named for a bold Celtic queen Where else can you learn the funny reason capital letters are called �upper case � why cow meat is called �beef � why a man was burned at the stake for translating the Bible into English why we say �Let there be light� instead of �Let there be illumination � and what the evidence is for divine design even in language? And yes Shakespeare�s name is embedded in the King James Version of the Bible but is this on purpose? KING ALFRED�S ENGLISH is suitable for homeschools as a textbook or as a supplement for British Literature or western history Students desiring to know more about the invasions that pummeled the English language into its current shape will enjoy it as will adults who have a linguistic bent and a love of language Links to fascinating videos articles images and literature related to each chapter can be found at White�s website wwwtheshorterwordcomSo glad I found this gem!
September 2, 2014
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