Readership: Everyone interested in English around the world, its history, and the role of the language in society, law, education, identity, and nationality.
Tim William Machan, Professor of English, University of Notre Dame
Tim Machan is Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame. His books include English in the Middle Ages and Language Anxiety published by Oxford University Press in 2003 and 2009 respectively, and Vafrúnismál published in by the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies in 2008.
"Machan's combination of precise detail, alongside thematic (rather than rigidly chronological) exploration, is often particularly rewarding." - Times Literary Supplement
"like a river, English never stands still. This intelligent and entertaining book illuminates how a global language depends on that flux." - Oliver Kamm, The Times
"This will be a rewarding book for anyone interested in the English language, especially students of English and educators ... Highly recommended." - E.L. Battistella, CHOICE
Part One: The Consequences of Definition
1: The River of English
Part Two: English by the Books
2: Words in the Shape of English
3: When Words Die
4: Space and Time
5: The Genius of our Tongue
Part Three: English in Action
6: English for the English
7: Beyond Britain
8: English in the South Seas
9: English in the Classroom, I: American Indian Boarding Schools
10: English in the Classroom, II: Industrial English
11: The English-speaking Peoples
Part Four: Beyond English
12: Defining Moments
Tim Machan discusses teaching J.R.R. Tolkien Should we be happy that the English language is changing? on the OxfordWords blog What is English and Why Should We Care?