Globish: How the English Language Became the World's Language
How the English Language Became the World's Language
by Robert McCrum
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What did the Russian say to the German at the marketing conference? Something in English, most likely. As the working language of international business, science, diplomacy, and culture, English is spoken daily by millions of people whose native tongue is something else. Can the UK and the US, their linguistic influence diluted by masses of foreign speakers, keep a controlling stake in the language they popularized? Not for long, argues Robert McCrum in Globish, an engaging but uneven history of how this language became the world's common currency.
McCrum, an editor at the London Observer and the author of an excellent biography of P. G. Wodehouse (another popular British export), claims that English has achieved a self-sustaining "supra-national momentum" that is carrying it beyond the reach of the cultures from
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