Inventing English

A Portable History of the Language, revised and expanded edition
Author(s): Seth Lerer
Original Publish Date: Aug 25, 2015
Product Number: EB00640482
Released: Mar 11, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780231541244
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Seth Lerer tells a masterful history of the English language from the age of Beowulf to the rap of Eminem. Many have written about the evolution of grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary, but only Lerer situates these developments within the larger history of English, America, and literature. This edition features a new chapter on the influence of biblical translation and an epilogue on the relationship of English speech to writing. A unique blend of historical and personal narrative, Inventing English is the surprising tale of a language that is as dynamic as the people to whom it belongs.

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