The stories of English
Crystal, David
This book explores not only Standard English but regional dialects and World Englishes as it traces the development of pronunciation, writing styles and vocabulary change.
It covers, in detail, the gradual changes in the linguistic properties of the language, development of standards for grammar and orthography and the transition from 'Old' to 'Middle' and 'Modern' English.
An extremely readable history of the English language.
EN REF 7 Open access