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Posted: June 16th, 2010
Globish: How the English Language Became the World’s Language

Vice President of Content for WNET.org Stephen Segaller speaks with Robert McCrum, author and associate editor of Britain’s Observer.

Robert McCrum is the author of the newly-released book Globish: How the English Language Became the World’s Language, about how the language of the Anglo-American imperium has become the world’s lingua franca. In fascinating detail, McCrum describes the ever-accelerating changes wrought on the language by the far-flung cultures claiming citizenship in the new hegemony. “In the twenty-first century,” writes the author, “English + Microsoft = Globish.”

McCrum is also the author with Robert MacNeil, former host of the The MacNeil Lehrer Newshour, of The Story of English, the 1986 PBS series and book. MacNeil attends the conversation.

Recorded on June 7 at WNET.org’s Lincoln Center studios.  Total run time: 58 minutes.


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