How English Became English: A short history of a global language

Hardcover | February 8, 2016

bySimon Horobin

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The English Language is spoken by more than a billion people throughout the world. But where did English come from? And how has it evolved into the language used today? In Do You Speak English? Simon Horobin investigates the evolution of the English language, examining how the language continues to adapt even today, as English continues to find new speakers and new uses. Engaging with contemporary concerns about correctness, Horobin considers whether such changesare improvements, or evidence of slipping standards. What is the future for the English Language? Will Standard English continue to hold sway, or are we witnessing its replacement by newly emerging Englishes?

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The English Language is spoken by more than a billion people throughout the world. But where did English come from? And how has it evolved into the language used today? In Do You Speak English? Simon Horobin investigates the evolution of the English language, examining how the language continues to adapt even today, as English continu...

Simon Horobin is Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Magdalen College. He has written extensively on the history, structure, and uses of the English language. He is the author of Does Spelling Matter? (OUP, 2013) and a number of books on the history of English, and the language of Ch...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 4.72 × 6.69 × 0.98 inPublished:February 8, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198754272

ISBN - 13:9780198754275

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Table of Contents

1. What is English?2. Origins3. Authority4. Standards5. Varieties6. Global English7. Why do we care?