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The adventure of English : the biography of a language

Author: Melvyn Bragg
Publisher: New York : Arcade Pub. : Distributed by Time Warner Book Group, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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A history of the English language traces its evolution from a Germanic dialect around 500 A.D. to its modern form, noting the influence of such groups and individuals as early Anglo-Saxon tribes, Alfred the Great, and William Shakespeare.
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Bragg, Melvyn, 1939-
Adventure of English.
New York : Arcade Pub. : Distributed by Time Warner Book Group, 2004
(OCoLC)647609345
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Melvyn Bragg
ISBN: 1559707100 9781559707107 9781559707848 1559707844 9781611450071 1611450071
OCLC Number: 53013029
Awards: A Book-of-the-Month, and History Book Club selection.
Description: xii, 322 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.
Contents: The common tongue --
The great escape --
Conquest --
Holding on --
The speech of kings --
Chaucer --
God's english --
English and the language of the state --
William Tyndale's bible --
A renaissance of words --
Preparing the ground --
Shakespeare's english --
"My America" --
Wild west words --
Sold down the river --
Mastering the language --
The proper way to talk --
Steam, streets and slang --
Indian takeover --
The West Indies --
Advance Australia --
Warts and all --
All over the world --
And now ...?
Responsibility: Melvyn Bragg.
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A history of the English language traces its evolution from a Germanic dialect around 500 A.D. to its modern form, noting the influence of such groups and individuals as early Anglo-Saxon tribes, Alfred the Great, and William Shakespeare.

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