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How English Became English

How English Became English

Author: Simon Horobin

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780191069215

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 144

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The English Language is spoken by more than a billion people throughout the world. But where did English come from? And how has it evolved into the language used today? In How English Became English Simon Horobin investigates the evolution of the English language, examining how the language continues to adapt even today, as English continues to find new speakers and new uses. Engaging with contemporary concerns about correctness, Horobin considers whether such changes are improvements, or evidence of slipping standards. What is the future for the English Language? Will Standard English continue to hold sway, or are we witnessing its replacement by newly emerging Englishes?

How English Became the Global Language

How English Became the Global Language

Author: D. Northrup

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137303073

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 205

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In this book, the first written about the globalization of the English language by a professional historian, the exploration of English's global ascendancy receives its proper historical due. This brief, accessible volume breaks new ground in its organization, emphasis on causation, and conclusions.

Globish: How English Became the World's Language

Globish: How English Became the World's Language

Author: Robert McCrum

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393339772

Category: History

Page: 353

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Discusses how Anglo-American has become the language of the world, and describes the changes that English has brought to far-away cultures in distant places.

Globish: How English Became the World's Language

Globish: How English Became the World's Language

Author: Robert McCrum

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393080926

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 331

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“A fascinating study not only of the roots and growth of our own language but of its future.”—Bloomsbury Review It seems impossible: a small island in the North Atlantic, colonized by Rome, then pillaged for hundreds of years by marauding neighbors, becomes the dominant world power in the nineteenth century. In this provocative new look at the course of empire, Robert McCrum shows how the language of the Anglo-American imperium has become the world’s lingua franca. In the twenty-first century, writes the author, English + Microsoft = Globish.

The State of the Language

The State of the Language

Author: Philip Howard

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: UOM:39015026844590

Category: English language

Page: 200

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Examines contemporary English in all of its aspects and discusses the effect that new technologies--from cable TV to photocomposition--are having on the English language

The English Language

The English Language

Author: Laurel J. Brinton

Publisher: Don Mills, Ont. : Oxford University Press

ISBN: UOM:39015069349424

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 522

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The English Language: A Linguistic History is designed as a core text for classes in the history of the English language, offered through the English or linguistics department. Beginning with a discussion of how language changes, the book examines historical change in English from its Indo-European past through its major periods (Old English, Middle English, Early Modern English, and Modern English). This is an introductory text: it does not assume any background in language or linguistics. Self-testing exercises are integrated throughout the text, and students are required to learn to use the International Phonetic Alphabet. Additional pedagogical material, such as lists of related books and Web sites, are also integrated.

Meaning and the English Verb

Meaning and the English Verb

Author: Geoffrey N. Leech

Publisher: Pearson Education

ISBN: 0582784573

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 156

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Since its publication in 1971, Meaning and the English Language has established itself as a standard textbook for studies in English Language. It deals with areas of the language that are of particular interest in themselves and which are especially difficult for learners to master: tense, progressive and perfect aspects, mood and the modal auxiliaries. There are numerous examples of differences and similarities in meaning throughout the book, making it a clear and precise guide to English. Updated for the language of the 21st Century, this edition will prove invaluable for learners and teachers alike.