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Born as a Germanic tongue with the arrival in Britain of the Anglo-Saxons in the early medieval period, heavily influenced by Norman French from the 11th century, and finally emerging as modern English from the late Middle Ages, the English language has grown to become the linguistic equivalent of a superpower. Worldwide, some 380-million people speak English as a first language and some 600-million as a second language. A staggering one-billion people are believed to be learning it. English is the premier international language in communications, science, business, aviation, entertainment, diplomacy, and on the Internet. It is thought by many to be well on the way to becoming the world's first universal language. Philip Gooden tells the story of the English language in all its richness and variety. From the intriguing origins and changing definitions of common words such as 'OK', 'berserk', 'curfew', 'cabal' and 'pow-wow', to the massive transformation wrought in the vocabulary and structure of the language by Anglo-Saxon and Norman conquest, through to the literary triumphs of Beowulf, The Canterbury Tales and the works of Shakespeare, right up to the profound and surprising effect electronic media have had on its development. The Story of English is a fascinating tale of linguistic, social and cultural transformation, told accessibly and authoritatively.See all Product Description
Unfortunately puchased in error at silly o'clock in the morning with no option to pull out. Ok reading.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
A fascinating read, very absorbing and informative, especially for anyone interested in how the English language came about.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
The Story of English was written very clearly. it follows the development of the English Language through many changes and influences, and explains how it has become one of the... Read morePublished 16 months ago by B. M. Farrer
A good book that will make you see our wonderful language in a very different way! It makes you think about how our language evolved.Published 17 months ago by alison noble
I think you can rely on this book as a broad overview but when you read that Thomas Arnold was the headmaster of Rugby School and the author of Tom Brown's Schooldays you know... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Tony Scott
A fascinating and very readable history of the emergence and development of the English Language. Why don't they teach this stuff in school?Published 19 months ago by Tweedledum
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