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Globish

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Globish

How the English Language Became the World's Language

By Robert McCrum

W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393062557, 331pp.

Publication Date: May 24, 2010

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In this provocative and compelling new look at the course of empire, Robert McCrum, coauthor of the best-selling book and television seriesThe Story of English, shows how the language of the Anglo-American imperium has become the world's lingua franca. In fascinating detail he describes the ever-accelerating changes wrought on the language by the far-flung cultures claiming citizenship in the new hegemony. In the twenty-first century, writes the author, English + Microsoft = Globish.


NPR
Friday, Jun 4, 2010

English rose from humble beginnings to become a language that's spoken by people from every corner of the Earth. In Globish, Robert McCrum tells the story of how a mongrel language slowly took the world by storm. More at NPR.org

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