What is English? And why should we care? begins by looking at the historical perspective and tracing the development of the language through its early manifestations in England to the plethora of different ‘Englishes’ that exist today and which are, to a greater or lesser extent, acknowledged as valid. The author pictures English as a flowing river, with various points along its banks where we can stop and examine specific events in history, including wars, inventions and social upheaval of various kinds, which have all influenced the language in some way or changed the course of the river.
Readers with an interest in the English language.
Publisher: Oxford University Press