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The adventure of English : the biography of a language

A history of the English language traces its evolution from a Germanic dialect around 500 A.D. to its modern form, noting the influence of such groups and individuals as early Anglo-Saxon tribes, Alfred the Great, and William Shakespeare
Print Book, English, 2004
1st U.S. ed View all formats and editions
Arcade Pub. : Distributed by Time Warner Book Group, New York, 2004
xii, 322 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
9781559707107, 9781559707848, 9781611450071, 1559707100, 1559707844, 1611450071
The common tongue
The great escape
Holding on
The speech of kings
God's english
English and the language of the state
William Tyndale's bible
A renaissance of words
Preparing the ground
Shakespeare's english
"My America"
Wild west words
Sold down the river
Mastering the language
The proper way to talk
Steam, streets and slang
Indian takeover
The West Indies
Advance Australia
Warts and all
All over the world
And now ...?