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McCrum explores why English has become dominant in the modern world, and, more significantly, how English is manipulated, reconceived, and negotiated by different cultures--and why. (according to the author) native English speakers no longer control the language. James Langton projects his crisp English accent with rhythm and command that keep listeners engaged, shifting dialects, accents, and vocal manipulations with ease. Listening to Langton's performance allows for a fuller understanding of the verbal differences analyzed in the book. A Norton hardcover (Reviews, Mar. 15).
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Reviewers were charmed by Globish in much the same manner as McCrum is charmed by English. They found his book expansive yet incisive, erudite yet accessible, powerful yet disarmingly cheerful, if somewhat uneven when charting the history of English through the centuries. But few critics actually accepted the book's putative argument: that English is becoming Globish and that Globish will be the language of the world. Many reviewers noted that McCrum's definition of "Globish" is flexible at best, and a few seemed exasperated by McCrum's failure to examine critically the consequences of a dominant global tongue. Read Globish for its ruminations, facts, and anecdotes--but not for its conclusions. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Editorial Reviews
This book is boring.
It is supposed to be a history of English from its days as a collection of tribal dialects on a small island to its modern form as a global super... Read more
Extremely informative as well as entertaining review not just of the language but of the cultural effects of the language throughout the world. Well worth the read ( or listen)Published 5 months ago by Gino
This is a light, fast and fairly entertaining read on a quite touchy subject, as the reviews should tell you. Read morePublished 6 months ago by lyndonbrecht
He has a great perspective on the English language and how it's emergence as a global language is in essence creating an English we well may not recognize in a generation or two.Published 12 months ago by SV
For those who are interested in the growth of English as the new Lingua Franca. The work is entertaining and informative for the general reader while remaining somewhat simplistic... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Laurence Heimrath
I really enjoyed listening to the book on tape. I learned a lot about history and the development of the English language that I was unaware of. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Paul
As someone who travels extensively on business I've always been amazed at how much of the world can be navigated in English. The book explains why.Published 15 months ago by Chainlocker
I teach Human Geography and wanted to read something current and important of the current state of the English Language. Read morePublished on September 1, 2013 by sheepman
A couple of interesting facts, but this not a scientific or rigorous study. It is a cheerleader's version of how great English is. Leave it on the shelf. Read morePublished on July 23, 2013 by Tim Scott