Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Adventure of English by Melvyn Bragg

The Adventure of English: the Biography of a Language
Melvyn Bragg
4/5 stars

Bragg gives a history of the development of the English language, from it's humble beginnings through to it's near dominance globally.  This is an engaging work, written for the layperson, that tells of events, locations, and people that helped shape the language.  It's somewhat odd, even disconcerting, that Bragg refers to the language of English as though it were a sentient being, thinking, scheming, working to become the primary language.  Despite this, the Adventure of English is a lively book that surely interest history buffs and language enthusiasts.

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