How the English Language Became the World's Language

By Robert McCrum

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

Publication Date: May 2010

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.

About the Author
Robert McCrum is the associate editor of The Observer and lives in London with his wife, Sarah Lyall. His books include the bestselling The Story of English, My Year Off, Wodehouse: A Life, and Globish.

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

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