Reading for A Level English Language

Recommended Reading List



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The Adventure of English

Melvyn Bragg

In this book Melvyn Bragg shows us the remarkable story of the English language; from its beginnings as a Germanic dialect to its position today as a global language. It is not only an enthralling story of power, religion and trade, but also the story of people, and how their day-to-day lives shaped and continue to change the extraordinary language that is English.Show More Show Less

Mother Tongue

Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson's classic Mother Tongue is a highly readable and hilarious tale of how English came to be the world's language.

Language Myths

Edited by Laurie Bauer and Peter Trudgill

A unique collection of original essays by 21 of the world's leading linguists. The topics discussed focus on some of the most popular myths about language: The Media Are Ruining English; Children Can't Speak or Write Properly Anymore; America is Ruining the English Language.

A Little Book of Language

David Crystal*

Written explicitly for a young audience, expert linguist David Crystal proves why the story of language deserves retelling. "A Little Book of Language" ranges widely, revealing language's myriad intricacies and quirks.Show More Show Less

Txtng: The Gr8 Db8

David Crystal*

This book takes a long hard look at the text-messaging phenomenon and its effects on literacy, language, and society. Do young people text as much as people think? Do adults? Does texting spell the end of literacy? Is there a panic in the media? David Crystal looks at the evidence- and he concludes that far from hindering literacy, texting may turn out to help it.

Lost for Words

John Humphrys

John Humphrys wittily and powerfully exposes the depths to which the English language has sunk and offers many examples of the most common atrocities. He also dispenses some sensible guidance on how to use simple, clear and honest language. Above all, he shows us how to be on the alert for the widespread abuse - especially by politicians - and the power of the English language.

* David Crystal has written many books about English and Language in general all of which are accessible and worth reading.