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The English Language: A Very Short Introduction - (Very Short Introductions) by Simon Horobin

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Number of Pages: 152

Genre: Language + Art + Disciplines

Sub-Genre: Language Arts

Series Title: Very Short Introductions

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Age Range: Adult

Book theme: Historical & Comparative

Author: Simon Horobin

Language: English

TCIN: 78168138
UPC: 9780198709251
Item Number (DPCI): 247-28-7728


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 this Very Short Introduction Simon Horobin investigates how we have arrived at the English we know today, and celebrates the way new speakers and new uses mean that it continues to adapt. Engaging with contemporary concerns about correctness, Horobin considers whether such changes are improvements, or evidence of slipping standards. What is the future for the English language? Will Standard English continue to hold sway, or we are witnessing its replacement by newly emerging Englishes?

ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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