Inventing English: A Portable History of the Language


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Columbia University Press
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6.4 X 9.24 X 1.1 inches | 1.25 pounds

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About the Author

Seth Lerer is Distinguished Professor of Literature and the former Dean of Arts and Humanities at the University of California, San Diego. He is known nationally for his audio and videotape series, The History of the English Language, for the Teaching Company.


The book percolates with creative energy and will please anyone intrigued by how our richly variegated language came to be.-- "Publishers Weekly"
Nonspecialists will join scholars in praising this remarkable linguistic investigation.--Bryce Christensen "Booklist"
An important and valuable source for anyone who loves the English language, and language in general.--Gale Zoe Garnett "Toronto Globe & Mail"
Written with real authority, enthusiasm, and love for our unruly and exquisite language.--Michael Dirda "The Washington Post"
A wonderful book. It's not hard to find well-informed books about the history of the English language, and it's not hard to find good critical accounts of English literature, but to have the two intertwined in one book is remarkable.-- "Language Hat"
Interesting and informative.--Tom Oleson "Winnipeg Free Press"
A personal, selective and impassioned journey through the history of English.-- "Times Higher Education Supplement"
Lerer not only navigates the shifting currents and boiling rapids of English, but also explores its secret coves.--Rob Kyff "Advocate"
[An] elegant book.--Karenn Krangle "Vancouver Sun"
A fresh look at the history of the English language.--Cynthia Lee Katona "Magill Book Reviews"
Inventing English is an invigorating read for the mind and the mouth.-- "Bloomsbury Review"
Fun and illuminating.--Carol White "The Main Artery"
This absorbing book provides sufficient information about linguistics and early English language and literature for clarification... Essential.-- "Choice"
Erudite and accessible. [Lerer] brings both love and rigour to his subject.--Gale Zoë Garnett "Globe & Mail"
An unusual linguistic and literary feast.--Anne Curzan "Michigan Quarterly Review"
The casual, witty, and sometimes provocative style in which the book is written provides a very apt vehicle for this very personal account.--Tim William Machan "Journal of English and Germanic Philology"