[how the English Language Became the World's Language]

Audiobook CD - 2010
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In this provocative and compelling new work, the coauthor of the bestselling book and television series The Story of English shows how English became the language of the world.
Publisher: [Old Saybrook, Conn.] : Tantor Audio, [2010]
Edition: CD edition.
Copyright Date: ℗2010
ISBN: 9781400117437
Branch Call Number: 420.9 M138GA
Characteristics: 8 audio discs (10 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Langton, James
Tantor Media


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Oct 07, 2018

Audiobook version. The first 1/3 -- covering the development of the English language from its pre-Roman foundations up to Shakespeare's time -- is pretty interesting. Definitely worth a listen. After that, the final 2/3 of the book about how the language has wedged itself into most other of the world's languages, not so much. It's not that the latter isn't important; just that the author isn't able to make that part of the story very interesting for some reason. The biggest bang for the buck is to just bail after the Shakespeare section. The audio reader does a good job. My only minor complaint is that the audio is a little over-produced, with the audio reader attempting unsuccessfully to speak in other people's accents at times, but that's more a quibble than a complaint. The first 1/3, recommended.


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