Can Vocabulary delight you? Can one be captivated by Linguistics? Have you ever found yourself enthralled by our English Language or beckoned by History?
King Alfred’s English ~ A History of the Language We Speak and Why We Should Be Glad We Do is a delightfully woven tapestry of History, English, vocabulary, grammar and linguistics. The author, Laurie J. White, is knowledgeable about the History of English, and passionate about sharing it with others. “King Alfred’s English provides a guided tour of forces and events, conquerors and writers that have shaped, simplified, matured and expanded English into what it is today – the first truly global language in history.”
Travel through time…
Beginning around 55 BC, in Pre-English Britain, learn of the Celts, and Christian Romans in London, through Old English, Middle English, and A Time of Transition. 1526-1611 AD finds you in The Reformation, moved by the contributions and sacrifices of Wycliffe and Tyndale, during The Making of the English Bible. “The publishing of the English Bible had an unprecedented affect on the development of English.” Meet Shakespeare and Modern English, traveling from 1500 to today.
Laurie is articulate and witty, and this book is a pleasure to read! King Alfred’s English is clearly written from a Christian perspective, highlighting the influence of Christianity across countries and continents, through language. It is educational, conversational, and enlightening. Presently, I am reading it as literature, out loud, to my children. In just the first chapter, they were fascinated to learn that the Biblical book of Galatians, which they remembered as a letter written by Paul to the Galatians, was actually written to a group of Celts. The Celts had settled in what is now called Turkey. They were related though, to the Celts in Gaul, and were hence called Gaul-atians. Tidbits, like this, scattered throughout this book, give it irresistible appeal. We are captivated!
The Shorter Word.com, Laurie’s website, includes lists of free resources that correspond to each chapter in the book. Worksheets and Tests, along with suggested books and movies, to enhance a setting or time frame, or more clearly define a person of interest, plus website links with additional information, make King Alfred’s English a full semester course. Written for ages 12 – Adult; designed for grades 7 – 12, it’s on our schedule for Fall classes!
Laurie would love to hear from you, and you can send her an email with your comments and questions – firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit her facebook page.
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I love the English language, even when I have found it frustrating, as I was teaching a child to read or spell. It always seemed to break the very rules I was trying to teach! I have already gained more understanding and a new respect for our language, in light of the multitudinous changes, through invasions, illuminations and edicts, that English has gone through since its inception. It is easier to teach when I know why a word is pronounced one way, instead of another, or where the 100 most common words used in our language originate from. English has such a rich heritage, “linguists estimate that as much as seventy to seventy-five percent of our English vocabulary is foreign,” and King Alfred’s English encourages me to be thankful for every word of it.
If you are interested in purchasing this book, I have a code for a 50% discount, good through September 2012, that I will give the first 5 of you that comment on this post.
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