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The Story of English - Robert McCrum, Robert MacNeil
The Story of English
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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... show more
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.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780142002315 (0142002313)
Publisher: Penguin
Pages no: 496
Edition language: English
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4.0 The Story of English
This was the text for one of my very favorite college courses of all time - The History of the English Language. It combined everything I love - words, history, literature. I can't recommend this and the 9 part BBC companion series enough. It is one of the only documentary series I can think of t...
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3.0 The Story of English
This was an interesting read, full of fun facts about my native tongue, and an easy-to-read style. It managed to touch on plenty of things regarding a topic that is, admittedly, a massive one; but sometimes left me wanting more.The structure was open and intuitive, but prone to repetition, or perhap...
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