Globish by Robert McCrum
How the English Language Became the World's Language

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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.
 

About Robert McCrum

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Robert McCrum is the author of four novels, as well as The Story of English, for which he received an Emmy and a Peabody Award. He was educated at Cambridge and the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in London.
 
Published May 24, 2010 by W. W. Norton & Company. 331 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Travel, Political & Social Sciences.

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(“The Story of English” was a companion volume to a PBS series.) The story of the English language is a good one, and Mr. McCrum adroitly touches all the bases, from Old English to Middle English, from Gutenberg to Noah Webster, from Thomas Jefferson to V.

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I found it a pleasure to read Robert McCrum on the English language’s development in, for instance, the 14th century: “After centuries of repression, the recognition of ‘Everyman’ and the ‘true commons’ was .

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McCrum explores the hows and whys behind the global expansion of the English language.

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The Globe and Mail

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Robert McCrum says a new pidgin based on English is the way the world communicates today

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