Did you know that the 100 most commonly spoken words in the English language are Anglo-Saxon? Did you know the first ruler in history to make reading and writing one of the qualifications of a nobleman was the English King Alfred? Did you know that the man who had the greatest influence on our modern language was not William Shakespeare, but William Tyndale? Laurie White explains all this and more in her interesting and exciting King Alfred’s English, A History of the Language We Speak and Why We Should Be Glad We Do.
Be sure to read to the end of this review to find out how you can learn the answers to these facts for yourself!
Beginning with the Roman invasion of Britannia through the obscure yet exciting
Middle Ages, Laurie White tells the stories of who lived – and spoke – in the land we now call England, and how they did it. She breaks down the major events during this time into “language invasions,” giving the reader a visual and aural understanding of the real changes taking place over generations and centuries. Her stories and facts are so interesting, they changed how we view our language and history.
Though Laurie White recommends King Alfred’s English for grades 7 through 12 and adult, I read it aloud to my children ages 3 through 12. They all enjoyed it thoroughly. Laurie’s accounts of barbarian invasions and kingly conquests perfectly supplemented our Middle Ages history studies this year, and the simple outline of her writing gave us a clear understanding of what happened from the Fall of Rome to Shakespeare. We learned what the rule “language always simplifies over time” teaches us about man’s first language. We are no longer confused by the Xmas debate. We enjoyed comparing our word pronunciation and pouring over her ancient text samples. And my youngest son’s hero is now William Tyndale.
The mother of three homeschool graduates, Laurie White has been long passionate about teaching the history of English to her own children and others. She spent 5 years researching for King Alfred’s English before publishing it in 2009. As a result, her book reads like a detailed, yet fascinating story of the wonderful language it covers. With interesting pictures, simple timelines, and comparative language charts, it clearly illustrates the evolution of our modern speech. Adults and students alike will enjoy reading this book.
King Alfred’s English, A History of the Language We Speak and Why We Should Be Glad We Do is available from Amazon, CBD, and many retail bookstores for $16.95. Quantity discounts are available through the publisher, The Shorter Word Press.
Laurie White is generously giving away three copies of her book, King Alfred’s English, to WhateverState readers! That means there will be three happy winners this Saturday! Here are your three chances to enter each day, Wednesday through Friday:
1) Each day, you may leave a comment, telling your favorite story, fact, or quote about the English language.
2) Each day, you may also past about the giveaway on your facebook page, and leave a comment here that you did!
3) Twitter the link to this page each day.
Saturday, December 11, be on the lookout for the three winners to be announced!
Giveaway is Now Closed
Our randomly-chosen winners are….
#21: Maryann Marshall
Congratulations to each of you! Author Laurie White will be contacting you soon about your book.
And everyone else … don’t forget to buy your own copy of King Alfred’s English: A History of the Language We Speak and Why We Should Be Glad We Do from Amazon, CBD, and other fine stores.
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