English as a Global Language, Second Edition (Canto Classics)

English as a Global Language, Second Edition (Canto Classics)

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David Crystal
Cambridge University Press
Edition: 2, 3/29/2012
EAN 9781107611801, ISBN10: 1107611806

Paperback, 228 pages, 21.6 x 13.8 x 1.3 cm
Language: English

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.

1. Why a global language?
2. Why English? The historical context
3. Why English? The cultural foundation
4. Why English? The cultural legacy
5. The future of global English
List of tables.

'… 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)