English as a Global Language [NOOK Book]

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David Crystal, world authority on the English language, presents an account of the rise of English as a global language and explores the whys and wherefores of the history, current status and future potential of English as the international language of communication. English has been lauded as the most 'successful' language ever, with 1,500 million speakers worldwide; but Crystal avoids taking sides and tells the story in a measured but engaging way, backed by facts and figures. This new edition of his classic ...
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English as a Global Language

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Overview

David Crystal, world authority on the English language, presents an account of the rise of English as a global language and explores the whys and wherefores of the history, current status and future potential of English as the international language of communication. English has been lauded as the most 'successful' language ever, with 1,500 million speakers worldwide; but Crystal avoids taking sides and tells the story in a measured but engaging way, backed by facts and figures. This new edition of his classic book contains extra sections on subjects including the linguistic features of New Englishes, the future of English as a world language, and the possibility of an English 'family' of languages, footnotes and a full bibliography. There are updates throughout. This is a book for anyone of any nationality concerned with English: teachers, students, language professionals, politicians, general readers and anyone with a love of the language.
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Editorial Reviews

Times Higher Education Supplement
A masterly synopsis of the spread of English across the world.
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'… the perfect introduction by an acknowledged linguistic expert.' Observer

'This is a fascinating and useful book … a fine introduction for a wide variety of potential users.' Choice

'This book is perfect for those just starting to learn about the world of global language.' Christie DeBlasio, The Linguist List (linguistlist.org)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781107386983
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2013
  • Series: Canto Classics
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Sales rank: 655,620
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

List of tables
Preface to the second edition
Preface to the first edition
1 Why a global language? 1
2 Why English? The historical context 29
3 Why English? The cultural foundation 72
4 Why English? The cultural legacy 86
5 The future of global English 123
References 192
Index 202
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