The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language

The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language

Melvyn Bragg

Here is the riveting tale of the English language, from its humble beginnings as a local dialect to its present preeminence because the one worldwide language, spoken via greater than billion humans around the world. during this groundbreaking ebook, Melvyn Bragg indicates how English conquered the realm. it's a amazing event, choked with jealousy, intrigue, and war—against a hoard of invaders, all armed with their very own conquering languages, which little by little, the audio system of English absorbed and made their own.

alongside the way in which, its colourful tale takes in a bunch of exceptional humans, areas, and occasions: the Norman invasion of britain in 1066; the arriving of The Canterbury Tales and a “coarse” playwright named William Shakespeare, who further 2,000 phrases to the language; the songs of slaves; the phrases of Davy Crockett; and the Lewis and Clark day trip, which ended in 1000s of latest phrases because the explorers came upon unknown wildlife. The experience of English is a captivating tale not just of energy, faith, and exchange, but in addition of a humans and the way they replaced the world.

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