Globish: How the English Language Became the World's Language (CA Edition)

Globish: How the English Language Became the World's Language (CA Edition)

Robert McCrum

A small island within the North Atlantic, colonized by way of Rome, then pillaged for centuries by way of marauding neighbours, turns into the dominant international energy within the nineteenth century. As its energy spreads, its language follows. Then, around the Atlantic, a colony of that tiny island grows into the army and cultural colossus of the twentieth century. those centuries of empire-building and battle, overseas exchange and business ingenuity will convey to the realm nice works of literature and notable videos, cricket pitches and episodes of Dallas, the printing press and the web. yet what occurs subsequent is kind of unheard of. whereas the worldwide dominance of Anglo-American energy seems to be at the wane, the English language has received an impressive new lifetime of its personal. With a supra-national momentum, it really is now in a position to zoom throughout time and area at formerly unbelievable speeds. In Robert McCrum's research, the cultural revolution of our occasions is the emergence of English, a world phenomenon as by no means ahead of, to develop into the world's language. within the twenty first century English + Microsoft = Globish.

Globish takes us on a riveting and enlightening trip of the unfold of an international English, from the icy swamps of pre-Roman Saxony to the procuring shops of Seoul, from the research of 'Crazy English' TM in China to crowds of minor wizards mobbing bookstore tills internationally. alongside how it provides new aspiring to a light outdated brown parchment (the Magna Carta), a 272 observe presidential speech (the Gettysburg handle) and a scratchy black and white movie of a number of males in house matches.

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