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Globish : how the English language became the world's language

Author: Robert McCrum
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Robert McCrum, coauthor of the best-selling book and television series The Story of English, shows how the language of the Anglo-American imperium has become the world's lingua franca--From vendor description.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert McCrum
ISBN: 9780393062557 0393062554 9780393339772 0393339777
OCLC Number: 449865192
Description: xii, 331 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: PART ONE. Founders. In the beginning : four invasions and a cultural revolution ; Defeat into victory : the DNA of self-expression ; 'Lighte Englisshe' : medieval mass communications ; Eating paper, drinking ink : Shakespeare & Co. --
PART TWO. Pioneers. 'A whole country of English' : re-inventing freedom and originality ; 'Common hopes and common dreams' : lighting out for the territory ; 'The audacity of hope' : from slavery to redemption --
PART THREE. Popularisers. Rule, Britannia! : how England became British ; East, in a Western voice : the People's Empire ; 'At the top of the world' : the imperial swan song --
PART FOUR. Modernisers. 'A willingness of the heart' : the American century I ; 'The unity of the English-speaking peoples' : the American century II ; 'The world at your fingertips' : from Google to Globish, 1989-2009 --
PART FIVE. Globalisers. One world, one dream : 'conquer English to make China strong' ; 'Virtually running America' : India, the Far East and beyond.
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Robert McCrum, coauthor of the best-selling book and television series The Story of English, shows how the language of the Anglo-American imperium has become the world's lingua franca--From vendor description.

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