Coverart for item
The Resource The story of English, Robert McCrum, William Cran, Robert MacNeil

The story of English, Robert McCrum, William Cran, Robert MacNeil

Label
The story of English
Title
The story of English
Statement of responsibility
Robert McCrum, William Cran, Robert MacNeil
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Library Journal: A tie-in for a nine-part television series to be broadcast over PBS beginning in September, this is a wide-ranging account of the travels and changes of the English tongue from its beginnings to tomorrow, from England to America to Australia to Africa and India and the Pacific. Despite an occasionally perceptible British bias, the authors have tried hard to paint a colorful, vivid picture of the many faces and varieties of English. The text is never dull, but is enlivened by innumerable examples and by interviews with representative individuals: a minister in Scotland, a couple from the Appalachians, a storekeeper in Newfoundland, a Philadelphia shoeshine man, a cockney fruitseller, an Australian farm family, the president of Sierra Leone, a writing professor in India. A readable book that all public libraries should have. BOMC alternate. Catherine V. von Schon, SUNY, Stony Brook
Summary
Presents the history of the English language from its obscure Anglo-Saxon origins to its present status as the world's most prominent and fast-growing international language
Writing style
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10145427
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
420/.9
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PE1075
LC item number
.M58 1986
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Target audience
adult
Label
The story of English, Robert McCrum, William Cran, Robert MacNeil
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"Elisabeth Sifton books."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliography: p. 353-368 and index
Contents
Table of illustrations -- Introduction: Speaking of English -- Chapter 1: English-speaking world -- Chapter 2: Mother tongue -- Chapter 3: Muse of fire -- Chapter 4: Guid scots tongue -- Chapter 5: Irish question -- Chapter 6: Black on white -- Chapter 7: Pioneers! O pioneers! -- Chapter 9: New Englishes -- Epilogue: Next year's words -- Notes and sources -- Table of maps -- Picture credits -- Acknowledgements -- Index
Control code
20787
Dimensions
26 cm.
Edition
1st American ed.
Extent
384 p.
Isbn
9780670804672
Lccn
85041070
Other physical details
ill. (some col.)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm13455507
  • (OCoLC)13455507
Label
The story of English, Robert McCrum, William Cran, Robert MacNeil
Publication
Note
"Elisabeth Sifton books."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliography: p. 353-368 and index
Contents
Table of illustrations -- Introduction: Speaking of English -- Chapter 1: English-speaking world -- Chapter 2: Mother tongue -- Chapter 3: Muse of fire -- Chapter 4: Guid scots tongue -- Chapter 5: Irish question -- Chapter 6: Black on white -- Chapter 7: Pioneers! O pioneers! -- Chapter 9: New Englishes -- Epilogue: Next year's words -- Notes and sources -- Table of maps -- Picture credits -- Acknowledgements -- Index
Control code
20787
Dimensions
26 cm.
Edition
1st American ed.
Extent
384 p.
Isbn
9780670804672
Lccn
85041070
Other physical details
ill. (some col.)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm13455507
  • (OCoLC)13455507

Library Locations

    • Jenkins County Memorial LibraryBorrow it
      223 Daniel Street, Millen, GA, 30442-1619, US
      32.804241 -81.939766
    • Screven County LibraryBorrow it
      106 S Community Drive, Sylvania, GA, 30467-1907, US
      32.749599 -81.643097

Library Links

Processing Feedback ...