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THE ADVENTURE OF ENGLISH 500 AD-2000 Hardcover – 2003

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd (2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340829915
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340829912
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 24.2 x 3.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 739 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,153,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Pierre Gauthier TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Jan. 4 2011
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In chronological fashion, this interesting book sets out to describe the creation and the evolution of the English language since its very beginning. Many references are made to essential authors such as Chaucer, Shakespeare and Dickens. The emphasis, of course, is placed on Great Britain and the United States but the specificities developed in India, the West Indies and Australia are also discussed at some length.

The audio version should be avoided however as the work includes lists of words that are of course rather tedious to follow. Also, the audio format makes it impossible to go back later to verify the history of a specific word or even a particular author's contribution to the language.
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Really, really interesting history of the English language, the origins of words and how history, wars, politics and fashion all changed the English language. Positively riveting!
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Approachable and interesting rendering of the people & events that shaped the English language. The accompanying video is a true asset to the text.
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