Adventure Of English

Bragg, Melvyn

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English is understood by around two thousand million people across the world. Yet it was very nearly wiped out in its early years. Melvyn Bragg explores the story of the English language – from its beginnings as a minor Germanic dialect to its position today as a truly established global language.

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‘Melvyn Bragg’s superb new history of the English language is told as an adventure story, and rightly so. There is much splendid intellectual firepower in this book.’ Andrew Roberts, Spectator

English is the collective work of millions of people throughout the ages. It is democratic, ever-changing and ingenious in its assimilation of other cultures. English runs through the heart of world finance, medicine and the Internet, and it is understood by around two thousand million people across the world. Yet it was very nearly wiped out in its early years.

‘Always readable, often thought-provoking and consistently entertaining.’ Independent

In this book Melvyn Bragg shows us the remarkable story of the English language; from its beginnings as a minor guttural Germanic dialect to its position today as a truly established global language. THE ADVENTURE OF ENGLISH is not only an enthralling story of power, religion and trade, but also the story of people, and how their day-to-day lives shaped and continue to change the extraordinary language that is English.

Additional information

Weight 271 g
Dimensions 198 × 130 × 25 mm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

354

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

420.9 (edition:22)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K