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The Story of Be

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It's the most simple, unassuming, innocent-looking verb: 'to be'. Yet it is jam-packed with more different meanings... Weiterlesen
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Beschreibung

It's the most simple, unassuming, innocent-looking verb: 'to be'. Yet it is jam-packed with more different meanings, forms, and uses than any other English word. As he reveals be's multiple incarnations, David Crystal takes us to the heart of our flexible and changing language. He tells the intriguing story in 26 chapters, each linked to a particular usage. We meet circumstantial be ('how are you?'), numerical be ('two and two is four'),quotative be ('so I was like, &quote,wow&quote,'), and ludic be ('oh no he isn't!'), and a whole swarm of other meanings. Bringing the ideas to life are a host of examples from sources as varied as Beowulf, Jane Austen, pantomime, Hamlet (of course), and Star Wars, with cartoons from Ed McLachlan and Punch peppered throughout. Full offascinating nuggets of information, it is a book to delight any lover of words and language.

Autorentext

David Crystal is known throughout the world as a writer, editor, lecturer, and broadcaster on language. He has published extensively on the history and development of English, including The Stories of English (2004), Evolving English (2010), Begat: The King James Bible and the English Language (2010), The Story of English in 100 Words (2011), Spell It Out: The Singular Story of English Spelling (2012), Wordsmiths and Warriors: The English-Language Tourist's Guide to Britain (with Hilary Crystal, 2013), and The Oxford Dictionary of Original Shakespearean Pronunciation (2016).



Klappentext

It's the most simple, unassuming, innocent-looking verb: 'to be'. Yet it is jam-packed with more different meanings, forms, and uses than any other English word. As he reveals be's multiple incarnations, David Crystal takes us to the heart of our flexible and changing language. He tells the intriguing story in 26 chapters, each linked to a particular usage. We meet circumstantial be ('how are you?'), numerical be ('two and two is four'), quotative be ('so I was like, "wow"'), and ludic be ('oh no he isn't!'), and a whole swarm of other meanings. Bringing the ideas to life are a host of examples from sources as varied as Beowulf, Jane Austen, pantomime, Hamlet (of course), and Star Wars, with cartoons from Ed McLachlan and Punch peppered throughout. Full of fascinating nuggets of information, it is a book to delight any lover of words and language.



Inhalt

Prologue: In the beginning; 1 To be or not to be; 2 Time being; 3 Being, as was; 4 Have you been?; 5 I am to resign; 6 Has the doctor been?; 7 How are you?; 8 I've been with someone; 9 Two and two is four; 10 I might be being obsessive, but...; 11 My kids are all grown up; 12 Wannabes and has-beens; 13 That is to say; 14 You're cheeky, you are; 15 Been and done it; 16 Business is business; 17 So be it; 18 I live in Wales, innit?; 19 So I was, like, wow; 20 Woe is me; 21 All shall be well; 22 How old are you?; 23 Is you is or is you ain't?; 24 Oh no he isn't; 25 Lane closed ahead; 26 It's just a book, after all; Appendix: Old English pronunciations

Produktinformationen

Titel: The Story of Be
Untertitel: A Verb's-Eye View of the English Language
Autor:
EAN: 9780192508638
ISBN: 978-0-19-250863-8
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: Oxford University Press
Genre: Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft
Anzahl Seiten: 208
Veröffentlichung: 28.04.2017
Jahr: 2017
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 5.2 MB