The Adventure of English

The Adventure of English

The Biography of A Language

Book - 2003
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Here is the riveting story of the English language, from its humble beginnings as a regional dialect to its current preeminence as the one global language, spoken by more than two billion people worldwide. In this groundbreaking book, Melvyn Bragg shows how English conquered the world. It is a magnificent adventure, full of jealousy, intrigue, and war--against a hoard of invaders, all armed with their own conquering languages, which bit by bit, the speakers of English absorbed and made their own.

Along the way, its colorful story takes in a host of remarkable people, places, and events: the Norman invasion of England in 1066; the arrival of The Canterbury Tales and a "coarse" playwright named William Shakespeare, who added 2,000 words to the language; the songs of slaves; the words of Davy Crockett; and the Lewis and Clark expedition, which led to hundreds of new words as the explorers discovered unknown flora and fauna. The Adventure of English is an enthralling story not only of power, religion, and trade, but also of a people and how they changed the world.
Publisher: New York : Arcade Pub. : Distributed by AOL Time Warner Book Group, c2003
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781611450071
9781559707107
1559707100
Characteristics: xii, 322 p., [32] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm

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Mar 09, 2017

I am really loving this book! If you like languages, history, and sociology, you may love this melange of the three. Endlessly interesting. I'm going to take out the DVD now; can't wait to watch it.

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