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The Story of English Library Binding – Jun 5 2008
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A tie-in for a nine-part television series to be broadcast over PBS beginning in September, this is a wide-ranging account of the travels and changes of the English tongue from its beginnings to tomorrow, from England to America to Australia to Africa and India and the Pacific. Despite an occasionally perceptible British bias, the authors have tried hard to paint a colorful, vivid picture of the many faces and varieties of English. The text is never dull, but is enlivened by innumerable examples and by interviews with representative individuals: a minister in Scotland, a couple from the Appalachians, a storekeeper in Newfoundland, a Philadelphia shoeshine man, a cockney fruitseller, an Australian farm family, the president of Sierra Leone, a writing professor in India. A readable book that all public libraries should have. BOMC alternate. Catherine V. von Schon, SUNY, Stony Brook
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"Highly enjoyable...A first-rate introduction to one of the most fascinating of subjects." —The New York Times
"Rarely has the English language been scanned so brightly and broadly in a single volume." —The San Francisco Chronicle--This text refers to the Paperback edition. See all Product Description
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Twenty years ago, when I was working with William Cran and Robert MacNeil on the research and development stage of the television series that, initially, accompanied the book, not one of us suspected that the linguistic phenomenon were analysing - global English - was on the brink of becoming a worldwide sensation. Read the first page
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I've always been interested in this subject, but could never find enough information on the evolution of the English language. Read morePublished on Aug. 21 2003
The book takes one of the most interesting, far-reaching, important and fascinating stories in linguistics and makes of it a cardboard, flavorless bit of school days humdrum. Read morePublished on June 9 2003 by Marc Cenedella
After watching the series it is fun to see the information in print.
Just about everything you ever wanted to know about the English Language is in this book. Read more