English – One Tongue, Many Voices
This is the fully revised and expanded second edition of English - One Tongue, Many Voices, a book by three internationally distinguished English language scholars who tell the fascinating, improbable saga of English in time and space. Chapters 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. The authors examine the present state of English as a global language and the problems, pressures and uncertainties of its future, online and offline. They argue that, in spite of the amazing variety and plurality of English, it remains a single language.
The authors are the most respected scholars, as well as fluent and easy communicators on the English language. They have sold more than a quarter of a million copies of their Longman book, A Communicative Grammar of English, and are well known worldwide 2 English language teaching is the super-industry, whether taught in colleges, universities or in private institutions, with millions of learners worldwide 3 Though there are other well-known non-reference books on the topic, there are none which combine the story of English's geographical spread with as much language-internal information about the major variations 4 Written at a level which enables the individual student reader as well as the classroom-based reader and the English language teacher to draw on the considerable learning which lies behind the book - but it wears its scholarship lightly