The Story of Be
A Verb's-Eye View of the English Language
(Hardcover)

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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.

AuthorDavid Crystal
BindingHardcover
EAN9780198791096
ISBN0198791097
Height530 mm
Length780 mm
Width80 mm
LanguageEnglish
Language TypePublished
Number Of Pages208
Package Quantity40
Product GroupBook
Publication Date2017-05-04
PublisherOUP Oxford
StudioOUP Oxford
Sales Rank134890

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