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By Richard Hogg, David Denison

ISBN-10: 0511168934

ISBN-13: 9780511168932

ISBN-10: 0521662273

ISBN-13: 9780521662277

The heritage and improvement of English, from the earliest identified writings to its prestige this day as a dominant global language, is a topic of significant value to linguists and historians. during this publication, a crew of foreign specialists conceal the full recorded background of the English language, outlining its improvement over fifteen centuries. With an emphasis on more moderen classes, each key degree within the historical past of the language is roofed, with complete debts of standardisation, names, the distribution of English in Britain and North the US, and its worldwide unfold. New ancient surveys of the the most important features of the language are provided, and historic adjustments that experience affected English are taken care of as a continuous method, assisting to give an explanation for the form of the language this day. this whole and up to date heritage of English could be integral to all complicated scholars, students and academics during this renowned box.

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The First World (or ‘Great’) War is dated 1914–18 in Britain and its colonies, with the United States becoming decisively involved from 1917. 4 million and under 3 per cent. Overall some 65 million men were called up on all sides, 371/2 million of whom became casualties, including 81/2 million dead. Another 10 million civilians died as well. Usage of First World War origin includes trench warfare and have (got) NP taped ‘be on top of a problem’ (from having an enemy position in precise artillery range, as if measured by tape).

The British maritime expansion only became significant from the seventeenth century onwards, when colonies were established in India, Southeast Asia, North America, the West Indies, Central America and Africa. These were essentially commercial ventures at first, sometimes acquired from another colonial power (whether by direct assault or as the prize for some other victory). From 1651 to the early 1800s, colonial trade was firmly controlled by Navigation Acts enacted in Britain: what cargoes, whose ships and which destinations; mostly, of course, British shipping to, from or via British ports.

Overall some 65 million men were called up on all sides, 371/2 million of whom became casualties, including 81/2 million dead. Another 10 million civilians died as well. Usage of First World War origin includes trench warfare and have (got) NP taped ‘be on top of a problem’ (from having an enemy position in precise artillery range, as if measured by tape). The Second World War, the deadliest so far waged, involved Britain and the Dominions from 1939, the USA from 1941, and lasted until 1945. Again a large proportion of men of military age were conscripted.

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