English - One Tongue, Many Voices

English - One Tongue, Many Voices


Description

This is the fully revised and expanded second edition of English - One Tongue, Many Voices, a book by three internationally distinguished English language scholars who tell the fascinating, improbable saga of English in time and space. Chapters trace the history of the language from its obscure beginnings over 1500 years ago as a collection of dialects spoken by marauding, illiterate tribes. They show how the geographical spread of the language in its increasing diversity has made English into an international language of unprecedented range and variety. The authors examine the present state of English as a global language and the problems, pressures and uncertainties of its future, online and offline. They argue that, in spite of the amazing variety and plurality of English, it remains a single language.


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Details

Author(s)
Jan Svartvik, Geoffrey Leech, David Crystal
Format
Paperback | 287 pages
Dimensions
152 x 229 x 15.75mm | 447g
Publication date
12 Dec 2006
Publisher
Palgrave USA
Imprint
Palgrave MacMillan
Publication City/Country
Gordonsville, United States
Language
English
Edition Statement
2nd ed. 2006
Illustrations note
XVI, 287 p.
ISBN10
1403918309
ISBN13
9781403918307
Bestsellers rank
190,734