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How English Became English: A Short History of a Global Language (2016)

by Simon Horobin

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Super fascinating and well-written. Horobin does a really great job of being unbiased for the majority of the text, stating all the facts from all sides of the issue. It's also surprisingly in-depth for such a little book. Not only is there a history of the English language with specific examples, there's also a bunch on modern issues with English such as texting and Spanglish and what even counts as a language anyway? PLUS, he concludes it all with a why does it matter section. I applaud not only the book itself, but the structure as well.

Great for nerds like me who love words and languages and obscure facts. Also great for anyone concerned with modern social issues, because language is a big part of every "race" and culture, and Horobin does a great job of addressing it. ( )
  BrynDahlquis | Nov 23, 2016 |
A fascinating writing on the origins, development and spread of the English language.
Simon Horobin also speculates how long the language will last and what, if any, other language may take its place.
A must for any language student.
I was given a digital copy of this book by the publisher Oxford University Press via Netgalley in return for an honest unbiased review. ( )
  Welsh_eileen2 | May 1, 2016 |
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Samuel Johnson, Dictionary of the English Language (1755)Samuel Johnsons's straightforward identification of English as the language of England hardly begins to capture the diversity and complexity of the language's use in the 21st century; English today is spoken by approximately 450 million people all over the world.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0198754272, Hardcover)

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 How English Became 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 changes are 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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"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 changes are improvements--or evidence of slipping standards"--Amazon.com.… (more)

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