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The Story of English: Third Revised Edition

 
 
 
 
The Story of English: Third Revised Edition
Author: Robert McCrum - Robert Macneil - William Cran
ISBN 13: 9780142002315
ISBN 10: 142002313
Edition: 3 Rev Sub
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 2002-12-31
Format: Paperback
Pages: 496
List Price: $19.00
 
 

Originally written in tandem with a 1986 TV series (produced by one of the authors) and updated in 1992, this introduction to the leading global language traces its evolution, varieties, and debates over its future. McCrum is a retired British editor; MacNeil retired from The McNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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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