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Globish - How the English Language Became the World’s Language

Robert McCrum

It seems impossible: a small island in the North Atlantic, colonized by Rome, then pillaged for hundreds of years by marauding neighbors, 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 this provocative and compelling new look at the course of empire, Robert McCrum, coauthor of the bestselling 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. In the twenty-first century, writes the author, English + Microsoft = Globish.

It seems impossible: a small island in the North Atlantic, colonized by Rome, then pillaged for hundreds of years by marauding neighbors, 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 this provocative and compelling new look at the course of empire, Robert McCrum, coauthor of the bestselling 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. In the twenty-first century, writes the author, English + Microsoft = Globish.
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It seems impossible: a small island in the North Atlantic, colonized by Rome, then pillaged for hundreds of years by marauding neighbors, 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 this provocative and compelling new look at the course of empire, Robert McCrum, coauthor of the bestselling 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. In the twenty-first century, writes the author, English + Microsoft = Globish.

Language:

English

Narrators:

James Langton

Length:

9h 57m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

38:31


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

42:44


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

43:40


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

28:33


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

36:24


Part 2, Chapter 5
Part 2, Chapter 5

39:28


Part 2, Chapter 6
Part 2, Chapter 6

31:18


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

43:28


Part 3, Chapter 8
Part 3, Chapter 8

52:58


Part 3, Chapter 9
Part 3, Chapter 9

37:47


Part 3, Chapter 10
Part 3, Chapter 10

22:42


Part 4, Chapter 11
Part 4, Chapter 11

19:18


Part 4, Chapter 12
Part 4, Chapter 12

32:08


Part 4, Chapter 13
Part 4, Chapter 13

44:28


Part 5, Chapter 14
Part 5, Chapter 14

22:46


Part 5, Chapter 15
Part 5, Chapter 15

32:25


Part 5, Chapter 16
Part 5, Chapter 16

28:46


Part 5, Chapter 17
Part 5, Chapter 17

00:23