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The adventure of English : the biography of a language

Author: Melvyn Bragg
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : EnglishView all editions and formats
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English is the collective work of millions of people throughout the ages. It is democratic, ever-changing, and ingenious in its assimilation of other cultures. Today, English runs through the heart of world finance, medicine, and the Internet, and it is understood by nearly two billion people across our world. And it seems set to go on. Yet it was very nearly wiped out in its early years. In this thoroughly  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Melvyn Bragg
OCLC Number: 60606253
Notes: Originally published: New York : Arcade Publishing, 2004, ©2003. 1st U.S. ed.
Description: 1 audio disc : digital, mono ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: Common tongue --
Great escape --
Conquest --
Holding on --
Speech of kings --
Chaucer --
God's English --
English and the language of the state --
William Tyndale's bible --
Renaissance of words --
Preparing the ground --
Shakespeare's English --
"My America" --
Wild west words --
Sold down the river --
Mastering the language --
Proper way to talk --
Steam, streets and slang --
Indian takeover --
West Indies --
Advance Australia --
Warts and all --
All over the world --
And now ...?
Responsibility: Melvyn Bragg.

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English is the collective work of millions of people throughout the ages. It is democratic, ever-changing, and ingenious in its assimilation of other cultures. Today, English runs through the heart of world finance, medicine, and the Internet, and it is understood by nearly two billion people across our world. And it seems set to go on. Yet it was very nearly wiped out in its early years. In this thoroughly researched and ground-breaking book, [the author] shows us the remarkable story of the English language, from its modest beginnings around A.D. 500 as a minor guttural Germanic dialect to its current position as a truly established global language. Along the way its colorful story takes in a host of characters, locations, and events. [She] brings the reader from the early Anglo-Saxon tribes and Alfred the Great's stubborn resistance to the Danes, through the impact of the Norman invasion in 1066, and on to the arrival of such early literary masterpieces as Beowulf and Geoffrey Chaucer's bawdy Canterbury Tales ... From street slang and Dr. Johnson's dictionary to the role of English in India, [she] leaves no stone unturned in his linguistic adventure. Embracing elements of Latin, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Arabic, Hindi, and Gullah, this 1,500-year story covers a huge range of countries and peoples. [This] is an enthralling narrative not only of power, religion, and trade but also of people and how they have changed - and continue, day by day, to change, along with the extraordinary language that is English.-Dust jacket.

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