The Story of English Author:Robert MacNeil, William Cran, Robert McCrum THE STORY OF ENGLISH - A Companion to the PBS Television Series is the first book to tell the whole story of the English language. This book presents a stimulating and comprehensive record of spoken and written English from its Anglo-Saxon origins some two thousand years ago to the present day when English is the dominant language of commerce an... more »d culture with more than one billion English speakers around the world. From Cockney, Scouse, and Scots to Gulla, Singlish, Franglais, and the latest African American slang, this sweeping history of the English language is the essential introduction for anyone who wants to know more about our common tongue.
This text examines the origins and development of the English language. 2000 years ago, English was confined to a handful of savage tribes on the shores of northwest Europe. Today, in one form or another, it is spoken by a billion people around the world, of whom 350 million use it as their mother tongue. More widely scattered, written and spoken than any other language in history, English has become a global phenomenon. Based on the award-winning BBC TV series of the same name, this book tells the story of the English language, combining social history, literature, and linguistics.
ISBN 0670804673 Viking: Elisabeth Sifton Books, 1986. Soft Cover. 384 pages. First American edition.« less