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Story of English (3RD 02 Edition)

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....The Story of English is the first book to tell the whole story of the English language. Originally paired with a major PBS miniseries, this book presents a stimulating and comprehensive record of spoken and written English-from its Anglo-Saxon origins some two thousand years ago to the present day, when English is the dominant language of commerce and culture with more than one billion English speakers around the world. From Cockney, Scouse, and Scots to Gulla, Singlish, Franglais, and the latest African American slang, this sweeping history of the English language is the essential introduction for anyone who wants to know more about our common tongue.

Book News Annotation:

Originally written in tandem with a 1986 TV series (produced by one of the authors) and updated in 1992, this introduction to the leading global language traces its evolution, varieties, and debates over its future. McCrum is a retired British editor; MacNeil retired from . Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Now revised, The Story of English is the first book to tell the whole story of the English language. Originally paired with a major PBS miniseries, this book presents a stimulating and comprehensive record of spoken and written English—from its Anglo-Saxon origins some two thousand years ago to the present day, when English is the dominant language of commerce and culture with more than one billion English speakers around the world. From Cockney, Scouse, and Scots to Gulla, Singlish, Franglais, and the latest African American slang, this sweeping history of the English language is the essential introduction for anyone who wants to know more about our common tongue.

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [395]-438) and index.

About the Author

Robert McCrum is the author of six novels and My Year Off: Rediscovering Life After a Stroke. Now literary editor of The Observer, he is working on an authorized biography of P. G. Wodehouse.

Robert MacNeil was the co-anchor of PBS's The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. His books include two volumes of memoirs and three novels including his latest, Breaking News.

William Cran is the executive producer for the television series The Story of English.

Table of Contents

The Story of English List of Maps

New Introduction to the Third Edition

Introduction: Speaking of English

1. An English-Speaking World

2. The Mother Tongue

3. A Muse of Fire

4. The Guid Scots Tongue

5. The Loaded Weapon

6. Black on White

7. Pioneers! O Pioneers!

8. The Echoes of an English Voice

9. The New Englishes

10. Next Year's Words

Notes and Sources

Select Bibliography

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780142002315
Author:
McCrum, Robert
Author:
MacNeil, Robert
Author:
McCrum, Robert
Author:
Cran, William
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
English language
Subject:
History
Subject:
Etymology
Subject:
Communication
Subject:
English language -- History.
Subject:
Linguistics - Etymology
Subject:
Reference-Etymology
Edition Number:
3
Edition Description:
Revised
Series Volume:
GM-50
Publication Date:
20021231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
8 x 5.33 x 1.07 in 0.81 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by ,

Now revised, The Story of English is the first book to tell the whole story of the English language. Originally paired with a major PBS miniseries, this book presents a stimulating and comprehensive record of spoken and written English—from its Anglo-Saxon origins some two thousand years ago to the present day, when English is the dominant language of commerce and culture with more than one billion English speakers around the world. From Cockney, Scouse, and Scots to Gulla, Singlish, Franglais, and the latest African American slang, this sweeping history of the English language is the essential introduction for anyone who wants to know more about our common tongue.

"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. [395]-438) and index.
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