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The Resource The story of be : a verb's-eye view of the English language, David Crystal

The story of be : a verb's-eye view of the English language, David Crystal

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The story of be : a verb's-eye view of the English language
Title
The story of be
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a verb's-eye view of the English language
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David Crystal
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story of be
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a verbs-eye view of the English language
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eng
Summary
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
Summary
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
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10569539
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ERASA
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1941-
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Crystal, David
Dewey number
425.6
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illustrations
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index present
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non fiction
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  • Be (The English word)
  • English language
  • English language
  • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Etymology
  • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Historical & Comparative
  • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Sociolinguistics
  • Be (The English word)
  • English language
  • English language
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adult
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a verb's-eye view of the English language
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The story of be : a verb's-eye view of the English language, David Crystal
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Contents
To be or not to be : existential be -- Being, as was : obituarial be -- Time being : temporal be -- Business is business : identifying be -- I am to resign : obligational be -- Has the doctor been? : visitational be -- How are you? : circumstantial be -- I've been with someone : sexual be -- Two and two is four : numerical be -- I might be being obsessive, but . . . : progressive be -- My kids are all grown up : perfective be -- Wannabes and has-beens : nominal be -- That is to say : signifying be -- You're cheeky, you are : repetitive be -- Been and done it : eventive be -- Have you been? : lavatorial be -- So be it : factual be -- I live in Wales, innit? : declarative be -- So I was, like, 'wow ': quotative be -- Woe is me : befalling be -- All shall be well : membership be -- How old are you? : chronological be -- Is you is or is you ain't? : musical be -- Oh no he isn't : ludic be -- Lane closed ahead : missing be -- It's just a book, is all : summarizing be
Control code
ocn957546226
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
xii, 191 pages
Isbn
9780198791096
Lccn
2016948369
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)957546226
Label
The story of be : a verb's-eye view of the English language, David Crystal
Publication
Copyright
Note
Includes indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
To be or not to be : existential be -- Being, as was : obituarial be -- Time being : temporal be -- Business is business : identifying be -- I am to resign : obligational be -- Has the doctor been? : visitational be -- How are you? : circumstantial be -- I've been with someone : sexual be -- Two and two is four : numerical be -- I might be being obsessive, but . . . : progressive be -- My kids are all grown up : perfective be -- Wannabes and has-beens : nominal be -- That is to say : signifying be -- You're cheeky, you are : repetitive be -- Been and done it : eventive be -- Have you been? : lavatorial be -- So be it : factual be -- I live in Wales, innit? : declarative be -- So I was, like, 'wow ': quotative be -- Woe is me : befalling be -- All shall be well : membership be -- How old are you? : chronological be -- Is you is or is you ain't? : musical be -- Oh no he isn't : ludic be -- Lane closed ahead : missing be -- It's just a book, is all : summarizing be
Control code
ocn957546226
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
xii, 191 pages
Isbn
9780198791096
Lccn
2016948369
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)957546226

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