King Alfred's English: A History of the Language We Speak and Why We Should Be Glad We Do Kindle Edition
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"In my 26 years of homeschooling, I have rarely found a book like yours; full of godly, interesting information and presented in such an engaging way. Going through your book with my children is something we still talk about together. I just wanted you to know that I am recommending this book to all of my readers as a MUST for advanced (high school) language arts." --Sherry Hayes largefamilymothering.com
Author Laurie J. White's book King Alfred's English is enlightening, entertaining, and easy to read about the origin and history of the English language, from the Latin influence of the Romans in Britain, through Anglo-Saxon Old English, Middle English after the Norman Invasion, Early Modern English of Queen Elizabeth I and King James, to Contemporary English. King Alfred's English is both accurate and pleasurable reading.
About the Author
- ASIN : B00892AXAI
- Publisher : The Shorter Word Press; 1st edition (June 4, 2012)
- Publication date : June 4, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 4147 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 172 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #152,386 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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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,” which 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 why Mr. Crapper’s name ended up on so many toilets? 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, students desiring to know more about the invasions that pummeled the English language into its current shape, and adults who have a linguistic bent and a love of language. Links to helpful videos, articles, images, and literature related to each chapter can be found at White’s website www.theshorterword.com.
Regarding the overtly Christian stance of the author, this book was written by a Christian primarily for a Christian audience and was published by a Christian publisher. For those who are offended by this approach, I'm sure that there are other books on the topic that they can read in its place.
I loved this book!
The author has done a wonderful job of making history come alive in an engaging story of the English language. I read it cover to cover and learned so much. Best of all there is a website ( the shorter word) with lots links to supplement the book and it is all free! One section that is titled Not To Be Missed on the student pages has links to interesting short video's and readings to go along with each chapter, making it very easy to use.
I know that it is part of one of HOD's high school history curriculum packages. I can't recommend this book enough!
I absolutely loved this book!
We are adding it to our curricula and we highly recommend it for middle schoolers on up. (Elementary students would probably enjoy listening to it as a read aloud, as well.) View a more detailed review on my blog.
In the interests of full disclosure, I received a free copy of this book for review purposes,although my opinions are my own. Incidentally, I keep lending my hard copy out, so have since purchased a digital copy. Very highly recommended.