From the book jacket: A landmark
history of the English language detailing
how and where it began 1,500 years ago and
how it evolved to become the tongue of some
two billion people worldwide.
Comment: Everyone knows the British love rooting for the underdog; so as a Brit by birth I found myself wanting to shout 'Go English' when, in the opening chapters, I read about the fledgling English language doing metaphorical battle with the languages of the plentiful invaders to the British Isles. Then later, turning the tables to go out into the world and spread far and wide, absorbing parts of each language it encountered. It's quite a gripping story - just as one thinks English is going to be ...
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