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The Stories of English by David Crystal (Penguin, 2004)
The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language, Part 1 by David Crystal (Cambridge University Press, 2nd edition, 2003)
A History of the English Language by Albert C Baugh and Thomas Cable (Appleton-Century-Crofts, 4th edition, 1993)
The History of the English Language: a Source Book by J D Burnley (Longman, 2nd edition, 2000)
A History of English Words by Geoffrey Hughes (Blackwell, 2000)
The Cambridge History of the English Language edited by Richard M Hogg (Cambridge University Press, six volumes, 1992-2001)
Places to visit
- The London Museum has a new medieval gallery containing examples of early stages of English.
- Museum of London
- London Wall
- EC2Y 5HN
- The British Library has one of the world's best collections of early English manuscripts.
- The British Library
- St Pancras
- 96 Euston Road
- NW1 2DB
About the author
David Crystal works from his home in Holyhead, North Wales, as an author, editor, lecturer, and broadcaster. Honorary professor of linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor, his authored works are mainly in the field of language, but he is also editor of the Cambridge and Penguin families of general encyclopedias. Apart from the books listed above, his work on English includes Making Sense of English Grammar, The English Language, Pronouncing Shakespeare, The Shakespeare Miscellany (with Ben Crystal), and Dr Johnson's Dictionary.