Peter Trudgill on English in Retreat

“The history of the geographical spread of English outwards from the British Isles is a familiar story. During the course of the 1600s, there was an explosive expansion of the English language across the Atlantic Ocean, with settlements in what is now the USA, Bermuda, the Caribbean, and the Bahamas; and then during the 1700s in Canada. By the mid 1800s, English as a native language had extended its reach into the Southern Hemisphere, arriving in Australia, South Africa, the Falkland Islands, and New Zealand. In the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, English continues to spread as a native language, as a second language, and as a foreign language.

“However, this tale of inexorable spread is not the whole story. There . . . → Read More: Peter Trudgill on English in Retreat

David Crystal: Champion of the English Language

The Guardian have written a brilliant article about David Crystal and the 30 years of ‘language gems’ he has given the world.

Read the full article at http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/dec/13/david-crystal-champion-english-language

Books by David Crystal… click on the jackets to view inside the books and find out more

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