Globish (Hardcover)

How the English Language Became the World's Language

By Robert McCrum

W. W. Norton & Company, 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 series The 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.

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