English as a Global Language

English as a Global Language

by David Crystal
     
 

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David Crystal's classic English as a Global Language considers the history, present status and future of the English language, focusing on its role as the leading international language. English has been deemed the most 'successful' language ever, with 1500 million speakers internationally, presenting a difficult task to those who wish to investigate it in its

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David Crystal's classic English as a Global Language considers the history, present status and future of the English language, focusing on its role as the leading international language. English has been deemed the most 'successful' language ever, with 1500 million speakers internationally, presenting a difficult task to those who wish to investigate it in its entirety. However, Crystal explores the subject in a measured but engaging way, always backing up observations with facts and figures. Written in a detailed and fascinating manner, this is a book written by an expert both for specialists in the subject and for general readers interested in the English language.

Editorial Reviews

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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)

Times Higher Education Supplement
A masterly synopsis of the spread of English across the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781107611801
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2012
Series:
Canto Classics Series
Edition description:
Second edition
Pages:
228
Sales rank:
629,858
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.51(d)

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