English - One Tongue, Many Voices (Hardback)
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English - One Tongue, Many Voices (Hardback)

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Hardback 287 Pages / Published: 12/10/2006
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This is the fully revised and expanded second edition of English - One Tongue, Many Voices, a book by three internationally distinguished English language scholars who tell the fascinating, improbable saga of English in time and space. Chapters trace the history of the language from its obscure beginnings over 1500 years ago as a collection of dialects spoken by marauding, illiterate tribes. They show how the geographical spread of the language in its increasing diversity has made English into an international language of unprecedented range and variety. The authors examine the present state of English as a global language and the problems, pressures and uncertainties of its future, online and offline. They argue that, in spite of the amazing variety and plurality of English, it remains a single language.

Publisher: Palgrave USA
ISBN: 9781403918291
Number of pages: 287
Weight: 617 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
Edition: 2nd ed. 2006


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'If you read only one book on the English language-read this one. English - One Tongue, Many Voices covers all aspects of the English language: its global spread, international and local varieties, history from obscurity to primacy, usage and uses, standards and creoles, style and change in progress, politics and controversy. The scope of the book is vast, its depth impressive, and its balance admirable. Elegantly written, with serious content lightheartedly presented, abundantly illustrated with samples and pictures, informative and entertaining, accessible to all, this is a book by two fine scholars who love the language and know how to convey their enthusiasm to readers. The reader will come away from this book with a deep understanding of the English language and an appreciation of its marvels and mysteries'. - John Algeo, Professor Emeritus of English, University of Georgia, USA

'I am delighted that Jan Svartvik and Geoffrey Leech have put their hands to this great venture. As experienced collaborators, they bring to the story of English a rare combination of deep scholarly learning and a flair for lively writing.' - Randolph Quirk, University College London, UK

'Jan Svartvik and Geoffrey Leech are brilliant story tellers about the English language. This book will benefit teachers and learners of English all over the world, giving vivid pictures of where the language came from, what it is now, and where it will be going.' - Yukio Tono, Meikai University, Japan

'...there is no doubt that this will be a highly successful book, and rightly so. It is authored by two great names in the discipline...It is written lightheartedly and appealingly...Overall the presentation of information is effective, concise, and accessible, connecting with what may be expected to be an average reader's background...it will educate and inform novice readers and raise interest in the English language in all of its richness and variability' - Edgar W. Schneider, English Word-Wide

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