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The story of English

Author: Robert McCrum; William Cran; Robert MacNeil
Publisher: New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Viking, 1986.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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Library Journal: A tie-in for a nine-part television series to be broadcast over PBS beginning in September, this is a wide-ranging account of the travels and changes of the English tongue from its beginnings to tomorrow, from England to America to Australia to Africa and India and the Pacific. Despite an occasionally perceptible British bias, the authors have tried hard to paint a colorful, vivid picture of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
McCrum, Robert.
Story of English.
New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Viking, 1986
(OCoLC)646949407
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert McCrum; William Cran; Robert MacNeil
ISBN: 9780670804672 0670804673
OCLC Number: 13455507
Notes: Donation in memory of Lionel V. Patenaude
Description: 384 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm.
Contents: Speaking of English --
English-speaking world --Mother tongue --
Muse of fire --
Guid Scots tongue --
Irish question --
Black on white --
Pioneers! O pioneers! --
New Englishes --
Next year's words.
Responsibility: Robert McCrum, William Cran, Robert MacNeil.

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Library Journal: A tie-in for a nine-part television series to be broadcast over PBS beginning in September, this is a wide-ranging account of the travels and changes of the English tongue from its beginnings to tomorrow, from England to America to Australia to Africa and India and the Pacific. Despite an occasionally perceptible British bias, the authors have tried hard to paint a colorful, vivid picture of the many faces and varieties of English. The text is never dull, but is enlivened by innumerable examples and by interviews with representative individuals: a minister in Scotland, a couple from the Appalachians, a storekeeper in Newfoundland, a Philadelphia shoeshine man, a cockney fruitseller, an Australian farm family, the president of Sierra Leone, a writing professor in India. A readable book that all public libraries should have. BOMC alternate. Catherine V. von Schon, SUNY, Stony Brook.

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