'The perfect introduction by an acknowledged linguistic expert.' Robert McCrum, The Observer
'Immensely authoritative . . . sets a new standard in the popularisation of linguistics.' Sir John Hanson, The Times Higher Education Supplement
'Crystal is a master of academic documentary … He presents enough facts and figures to make readers feel that they are getting good value for money. This book is a good mix of outline facts and good sense about language.' Times Educational Supplement
David Crystal, world authority on English, has written a timely account of the phenomenon of English as a global language. It includes a historical summary of the global development of English; an analysis of the current status of English internationally; and an informed assessment of the language's future.