Fourth, a distance in language compounds the distance in time. Applicable black-and-white photos and charts are interspersed in the text, and a list of book and Internet resources is found in the back. I highly recommend this book for the student as well as just a great read for an adult. Plus, when your students learn the history and the whys behind some of our weird spellings and words it will make it easier for them to deal with. White, author of King Alfred's English plus more. You will also understand why our language is so difficult to spell, and you will be able to trace hundreds of English words back to their origins.
Three hundred years later, when kings of England were once again speakers of English, it was London English, Mercian English, that they spoke. Hoi, Aelfred is myn namme. I want to order a few more things real soon, so really appreciate the coupon!! I was a bit hesitant to read this as I bought it on sale for Kindle and thought it might be inferior as so many other such books have been. Tess Durbeyfield is always given a broad West Country accent, as she should be. This is a fascinating book about the history of the English language. We are adding it to our curricula and we highly recommend it for middle schoolers on up. Alfred did not have to follow the pattern of subject-verb-object to make his meaning clear.
We continued learning about the changes of the English language with the times and influence of other growing and changing languages. The sometimes complicated history of Europe overall and England, particularly, becomes so much clearer reading this book. The islanders speak Frisian, a language closer to English than to Dutch. I would like to read it. When you buy school rulers that list our rulers, the first ruler is William. The reason I picked up the book was to get an overview in an area viz. I wanted to share a book that I have found, read and love! Is English your native language? As the translations were finished, the copyings began.
Best of all there is a website the shorter word with lots links to supplement the book and it is all free! It was truly remarkable, and it was something that Charlemagne did not do. Like doing things your way? Winchester remained an administrative centre, but West Saxon English ceased to be a language of power and record. After all, since I was eight years old I've considered myself a writer. I read this book because my collage professor chose it for the History of the English Language course I attended this semester, and while I did not personally mind the Christian aspects of the text one could hardly call it undertones or subtle, it was in fact very frank , it made for awkward conversation in the classroom and often led the class off topic. I am now going to be all the rage for dinner parties among my friends with all my trivia. If you have a high school student and are wondering if this could be used for credits toward graduation, the answer is yes.
However, I will say that I don't feel this book to be appropriate for formal education. I read this book because my collage professor chose it for the History of the English Language course I attended this semester, and while I did not personally mind the Christian aspects of the text one could hardly call it undertones or subtle, it was in fact very frank , it made for awkward conversation in the class A very interesting book. This book is interesting and very informative, not only about the history of English but about our history as well. The World History inclusion added more detail to how our language developed into our English language. You will come a Briana's review: I enjoyed this book because it tells the story of the English language, from its beginning to the present. Why not name it after his own people, the Saxons? But Alfred seems to have had himself taught to read at the age of twelve. Actually, I'm quite certain that I have never really thought about the history of my native tongue at all.
And there we come against another issue I struggled with, there was a great deal of commentary and side trails that loosely fit with the subject. Your vocabulary is mostly Italic. Northumbrian was spoken from the Forth to the Humber; Mercian was spoken from the Humber to the Thames. She explores the work of Wycliffe pre-printing press , Martin Luther and Tyndale. Even more remarkably, when Alfred was king, he got a monk to teach him to read and write Latin Frassetto 38.
She describes how William Tyndale, through his English translation of the Bible, both promoted the Reformation cause and influenced our language. As well, her chapters on the Reformation are enlightening. High and High School level. Laurie White is a homeschool mom and author of I'm not sure I would have ever sought out a book about the history of the English language. I will be using this in my English cu Fun read--- quick, light-hearted but surprisingly comprehensive overview of how our amazing English language evolved and why it has become one of the foremost languages spoken on the planet.
Bede saw all those people as one people with one destiny. King Alfred's English introduces readers to one of the most complex, facinating and influential languages yet to be spoken. There were so many more dates and famous names and quotes and places and events in here that were just really cool. You may read King Alfred's English: A History of the Language We Speak and Why We Should Be Glad We Do online by Laurie J White, Marika Mullen either download. It is well organized and easy to follow. . And next comes…the printing press! No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally — and often far more — worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.
Finally, English language development is studied through grammar and the English dictionary, the far-reaching influences of the British Empire, and American English. For some of the works, Alfred wrote powerful prefaces, and he began sending the newly-copied manuscripts about his kingdom. I have an avid interest in the history of the English language and have read several books, but this is the first one I've read that's aimed for the 7-12th grade crowd. If we could read the language of Alfred, if we could read the poetry, the prose, the laws, the records of that older England as easily as we read the materials of a later England, then Alfred would be a more real king for us. Disclaimer: I have been given the wonderful opportunity to review many homeschool products over the last few years.