This bestselling text by Charles Barber, with updating
contributions from Joan C. Beal and Philip A. Shaw, recounts the
history of the English language from its remote ancestry to the
present day. Using dozens of familiar texts, including the English
of King Alfred, Shakespeare and Chaucer, the English language is
explored in terms of where it came from, where it is going, and the
global impact it has had, taking into account the many varieties of
English that now exist. Stimulating and interesting, it is not only
written for specialists on language and linguistics, but also for
general readers who take an interest in the subject.
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