The Story of English: How the English language conquered the world Paperback – 28 Apr 2011
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"A handy pocket guide." --PublishersWeekly.com
""[The Story of English] "is a thoroughly engaging historical introduction to a dynamic language." Booklist"
A handy pocket guide. PublishersWeekly.com"
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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.
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Top Customer Reviews
i was hoping to find out things like why new zealanders developed their accent, and the regional dialect changes in Britain but these were not really addressed
if anyone is interested there is a great podcast- thehistoryofenglish which goes into matters in much greater detail
Good value for £1.49 I would say.
Gooden brings the whole story of English alive in an informative and amusing way, clearing up some of the myths and mysteries along the journey. My only concern is that I've gotten my grammar correct in this review. Lol!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Unfortunately puchased in error at silly o'clock in the morning with no option to pull out. Ok reading.Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
Overall an enjoyable read but I think the title is somewhat misleading. I suspect the "how the English language conquered the world" was at the insistence of the editor as... Read morePublished 19 months ago by rockalt
A fascinating read, very absorbing and informative, especially for anyone interested in how the English language came about.Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 on 1 May 2014 by alison noble
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 on 15 Mar. 2014 by Tweedledum
coudn't resist the offer considering my interest for languages! the shipping was fast and proffesional
the item arrived in perfect condition and It is exactly what I expected
An excellent insight to the origins of the language, its evolution and the influences upon it. Well worth having as a useful reference sourcePublished on 30 Jan. 2014 by Bill Knight
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