The Adventure of English: 500AD to 2000 : the Biography of a Language

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Hodder & Stoughton, 2003 - Anglais (Langue) - Histoire - 354 pages
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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.



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.

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User Review  - robeik - LibraryThing

I wonder if a book like this could be written about any other language than English; perhaps so. But for English speakers this is a great "adventure" story about the most commonly spoken language in ... Read full review

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User Review  - pierthinker - LibraryThing

This is aimed at the general reader and attempts to cover the development of the English language from its origins in Frisian through to today's global common language and foundation for the technical ... Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Melvyn Bragg is a writer and broadcaster. His novels include The Hired Man, for which he won the Time/Life Silver Pen Award, Without a City Wall, winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, The Soldier's Return, winner of the WHSmith Literary Award, A Son of War and Crossing the Lines, both of which were longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, A Place in England, which was longlisted for the Lost Man Booker Prize, and most recently Grace and Mary. He has also written several works of non-fiction, including The Book of Books about the King James Bible. He lives in London and Cumbria.

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