By: David Crystal
The English language is now accepted as the global lingua franca of the modern age, spoken or written in by over a quarter of the human race. But how did it evolve? How did a language spoken originally by a few thousand Anglo-Saxons become one used by more than 1,500 million? What developments can be seen as we move from Beowulf to Chaucer to Shakespeare to Dickens and the present day? A host of fascinating questions are answered in The Stories of English, a groundbreaking history of the language by David Crystal, the world-renowned writer and commentator on English.
Many books have been written about English, but they have all focused on a single variety: the educated, printed language called “standard” English. David Crystal turns the history of English on its head and instead provides a startlingly original view of where the richness, creativity and diversity of the language truly lies―in the accents and dialects of nonstandard English users all over the world.
Whatever their regional, social or ethnic background, each group has a story worth telling, whether it is in Scotland or Somerset, South Africa or Singapore. Interweaved within this central chronological story are accounts of uses of dialect around the world as well as in literary classics from The Canterbury Tales to The Lord of the Rings.
For the first time, regional speech and writing is placed center stage, giving a sense of the social realities behind the development of English. This significant shift in perspective enables the reader to understand for the first time the importance of everyday, previously marginalized, voices in our language and provides an argument too for the way English should be taught in the future.
Published in 2004.
Published by: The Overlook Press
François Pyrard was a Frenchman who in 1601 when he was in his early 20’s, set out to see the world. Sailing via St. Helena and rounding the Cape of Good Hope, he was shipwrecked in the Maldives after a stay at Madagascar. He left Maldives after about 5 years.
During his stay in the Maldives, he was witness to naval operations by the Dutch and Spaniards. Laval made his way to Chittagong and from there to the Malabar Coast where he visited Calicut, Cochin, stopping on the way at Minicoy and the Laccadive Islands. From Cochin, he left for Goa via Cananore. From Goa, he left for Diu and Cambay.
In 1608 he left Goa for Ceylon and Malacca. After visiting those countries he returned to Goa, from where he set sail for home. Being a keen observer, Laval describes the Military operation of this volatile age along with the politics between the European powers for the control of Asian trade. He also notices the arrival of other travellers. He gives an insightful account of the people, customs, trade, flora, fauna and language of the areas he visited.
This work of 3 volumes was first published in 1887.
By François Pyrard
Edited and translated by Albert Gray
Assisted by H. C. P. Bell
Published in 2000.
Weight: 1.85 kg.
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Why have all human cultures - today and throughout history - made music? Why does music excite such rich emotion? How do we make sense of musical sound?
These are questions that have, until recently, remained mysterious. Now The Music Instinct explores how the latest research in music psychology and brain science is piecing together the puzzle of how our minds understand and respond to music. Ranging from Bach fugues to nursery rhymes to heavy rock, Philip Ball interweaves philosophy, mathematics, history and neurology to reveal why music moves us in so many ways.
Without requiring any specialist knowledge, The Music Instinct will both deepen your appreciation of the music you love, and open doors to music that once seemed alien, dull or daunting, offering a passionate plea for the importance of music in education and in everyday life.
Published in 2011.
Acclaimed as one of the most exciting books in the history of American letters, this modern epic became an instant bestseller upon publication in 1974, transforming a generation and continuing to inspire millions.
A narration of a summer motorcycle trip undertaken by a father and his son, the book becomes a personal and philosophical odyssey into fundamental questions of how to live.
Resonant with the confusions of existence, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is a touching and transcendent book of life.
Published in 2014.