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How English Became English: A Short History of a Global Language

Saturday 2 April 2016

1 Hour


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Expert on English language Professor Simon Horobin explains how English came to be spoken by more than a billion people across the globe and how it evolved into the language we speak today.

Horobin shows how English continues to adapt today as it finds new speakers and uses. He asks whether changes in use of English are improvements or evidence that standards are slipping, and looks at the future for the language. Will standard English continue to dominate or are we seeing its replacement by a series of Englishes?

Horobin is professor of English language and literature at the University of Oxford. He is author of Does Spelling Matter? and other books on the history of English and the language of Chaucer.