Author: David Crystal
Paperback: ISBN: 9781107611801 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 10.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781107611801 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 16.99
Please note: This is a new edition of a previously announced text.
David Crystal's classic "English as a Global Language" considers the history, present status and future of the English language, focusing on its role as the leading international language. English has been deemed the most 'successful' language ever, with 1500 million speakers internationally, presenting a difficult task to those who wish to investigate it in its entirety.
However, Crystal explores the subject in a measured but engaging way, always backing up observations with facts and figures. Written in a detailed and fascinating manner, this is a book written by an expert both for specialists in the subject and for general readers interested in the English language.
'… the perfect introduction by an acknowledged linguistic expert.' Observer
'This is a fascinating and useful book … a fine introduction for a wide variety of potential users.' Choice
Preface; 1. Why a global language?; 2. Why English? The historical context; 3. Why English? The cultural foundation; 4. Why English? The cultural legacy; 5. The future of global English; References; Index; List of tables.
History of Linguistics
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