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The Story of English: How an Obscure Dialect Became the World's Most-Spoken Language

The Story of English: How an Obscure Dialect Became the World's Most-Spoken Language (Paperback)

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Follow the extraordinary journey of the most widely spoken language in the world, discover its many influences and learn about how it has evolved.From the Anglo-Saxons in the fifth century to the Normans in the eleventh, and on to present-day America, many diverse elements and languages have shaped modern-day English.Divided chronologically, this fascinating guide follows the language from Latin - and earlier - influences, through Old and Middle English to Early Modern and, finally, today's Late Modern English.The Story of English also explores, among much else, the history of the printing press, the works of Chaucer, the evolution of the dictionary, the use of slang in speech and the coming of electronic messaging. Wide-ranging and scrupulously researched, this is both a celebration of and a tribute to the most expressive, and yet adaptable, language in history.

Languages with Grant & CutlerLinguistics Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books Ltd Publication Date: 21/01/2016 ISBN-13: 9781782435143  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Joseph Piercy has an MA (Hons) in English Literature from Wolverhampton University, and is the author of two previous books.

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