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What is English?: And Why Should We Care?

Tim William Machan


What is English? Why do we care? And for that matter how do we know? To answer these questions this book draws on original archival research as well as historical and grammatical analysis. It addresses English’s past, present, and possible futures, and also the reasons why English-speakers have cared so deeply about their language. With some 1.5 billion people around the world speaking English today, finding a definition that fits these changing demographics and usages challenges Anglophones to decide who they are and want to be. Tim Machan suggests that the identity of English depends on the ... More

Keywords: English, grammar, dialect, history, global, Anglophones, education, politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199601257
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199601257.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tim William Machan, author
Professor of English, University of Notre Dame