Introduction ix
1 The Common Tongue
1(15)
2 The Great Escape
16(16)
3 Conquest
32(8)
4 Holding On
40(12)
5 The Speech of Kings
52(14)
6 Chaucer
66(10)
7 God's English
76(13)
8 English and the Language of the State
89(10)
9 William Tyndale's Bible
99(10)
10 A Renaissance of Words 109(12)
11 Preparing the Ground 121(11)
12 Shakespeare's English 132(12)
13 "My America" 144(17)
14 Wild West Words 161(15)
15 Sold Down the River 176(12)
16 Mastering the Language 188(19)
17 The Proper Way to Talk 207(17)
18 Steam, Streets and Slang 224(12)
19 Indian Takeover 236(15)
20 The West Indies 251(10)
21 Advance Australia 261(11)
22 Warts and All 272(9)
23 All Over the World 281(9)
24 And Now...? 290(7)
Acknowledgments 297(4)
Picture Acknowledgments 301(2)
Bibliography 303(10)
Index 313