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The adventure of English : 500AD to 2000 : the biography of a language

Author: Melvyn Bragg
Publisher: London : Sceptre, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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English is understood by around two thousand million people across the world. Yet it was very nearly wiped out in its early years. Melvyn Bragg explores the story of the English language - from its beginnings as a minor Germanic dialect to its position today as a truly established global language.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Melvyn Bragg
ISBN: 0340834277 9780340834275 0340829931 9780340829936
OCLC Number: 55800504
Description: xii, 354 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 18 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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This is a highly readable, jargon-free treatise on a notoriously prickly subject. Bragg's affection for his subject is infectious. In this he successfully joins a long tradition of gentleman Read more...

 
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