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English - One Tongue, Many Voices

English - One Tongue, Many Voices by Jan Svartvik
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Two internationally distinguished English language scholars tell the fascinating, improbable saga of English in time and space. They trace the history of the language from its obscure beginnings over 1500 years ago as a collection of dialects spoken by marauding, illiterate tribes. They show how the geographical spread of the language in its increasing diversity has made English into an international language of unprecedented range and variety. They look at the present state of English as a global language and the problems, pressures and uncertainties of its future. They argue that, in spite of the amazing variety and plurality of English, it remains a single language.

English - One Tongue, Many Voices tells its story with the help of maps, diagrams and pictures. The text is interspersed with panels or 'boxes' focusing on particular topics of interest, and is followed by notes that give the sources of information, as well as detailed references and indexes.

A book for students and their teachers, and for anyone who wants a broad and authoritative introduction to the phenomenon of English worldwide
Palgrave Macmillan; October 2006
304 pages; ISBN 9780230596160
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Title: English - One Tongue, Many Voices
Author: Jan Svartvik; Geoffrey Leech