Globish - Robert McCrum
Globish by Robert McCrum is a provocative and compelling new look at the course of empire, in which Robert McCrum, coauthor of the best-selling book and television series The Story of English, shows how the language of the Anglo-American imperium has become the world s lingua franca. In fascinating detail he describes the ever-accelerating changes wrought on the language by the far-flung cultures claiming citizenship in the new hegemony. It seems impossible: a small island in the North Atlantic, colonised by Rome, then pillaged for hundreds of years by marauding neighbours, becomes the dominant world power in the nineteenth century. Equally unlikely, a colony of that island nation, across the Atlantic, grows into the military and cultural colossus of the twentieth century. How? By the sword, of course; by trade and industrial ingenuity; but principally, and most surprisingly, by the power of their common language. In the twenty-first century, writes the author, English + Microsoft = Globish."