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Globish How the English Language Became the World's Language by Robert McCrum
  

Globish How the English Language Became the World's Language

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Packed with nuggets of information about language, culture, history and power, Robert McCrum traces the way that the English language as twisted and turned in response to the way the world has changed, and how, even as the British Empire is long dead, the language extends its influence further and further in a globalised world.

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Globish How the English Language Became the World's Language by Robert McCrum

What were the beginnings of the English language?

Why has American culture spread so successfully and will it continue to do so even as the country's power apparently wanes?

Why are the West Indies no longer any good at cricket?

What difference did slavery make to the way we speak English today?

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A daring revisionist history of the English language. . . . History buffs and linguistics junkies alike will devour this love letter to the English language. Gripping and profoundly informative. Robert McCrum argues, brilliantly and provocatively, that England s greatest contribution to the world is English. The empire may be gone. But Globish explains why the language still rules.--Malcolm Gladwell Globish presents a terrifically interesting prism through which to view the history of English . . . Most fascinating and amusing . . . Mr. McCrum s rapid journey . . . makes entertaining reading.--Paul Levy


About the Author

Robert McCrum

Robert McCrum is the author of several novels and two works of non-fiction, The Story of English and My Year Off. He is literary editor of the Observer and lives in London.

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Publication date

1st May 2011

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Robert McCrum

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Publisher

Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
320 pages

Categories

The Real World
History

Sociolinguistics

ISBN

9780141027104

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