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About Robert McCrum, William Cran and Robert MacNeil's The Story of English (New and Revised Edition, 1992), Stuart Flexner, Editor of The Random House Dictionary wrote: "Exceptionally wide-ranging and comprehensive; one of the best overviews that anyone could have. It provides a wealth of information about our language with an excellent balance of its historical aspects and present use around the world." To this excellent book, the authors append a Select Bibliography which follows.


W. Bailey & Manfred Gorlach, eds. English as a World Language. 1982
C. L. Barber The Story of Language. 1964
A.C. Baugh & Thomas Cable A History of the English Language. 1978
Dwight Bolinger Language: The Loaded Weapon. 1980
Robert Burchfield The English Language. 1985
Robert Burchfield Unlocking the English Language. 1990
Anthony Burgess Language Made Plain. 1975
David Crystal The English Language. 1988
J. L. Dillard Black English. 1973
J. L. Dillard American Talk. 1976
Stuart Berg Flexner I Hear America Talking. 1976
Erving Goffman Forms of Talk. 1981 
Otto Jespersen The Growth and Structure of the English Language. 1982
Braj Kachru The Other Tongue: English Across Cultures. 1982
Braj Kachru The Alchemy of English. 1986
Dick Leith A Social History of English. 1983
H. L. Mencken The American Language. 4th ed. 1979
Jane Mills Womanwords. 1990
Diarmaid O. Muirithe, ed. The English Language in Ireland. 1977
Eric Partridge Usage and Abusage. 5th ed. 1981
Tom Paulin A New Look at the Language Question. 1983
J. Platt, H. Weber & M. L. Ho The New Englishes. 1984
Randolph Quirk The English Language and Images of Matter. 1972
Christopher Ricks & Leonard Michaels, eds. The State of the Language. New ed. 1990
William Safire What's the Good Word? 1980
John R. Searle Speech Acts. 1967, 1970
Logan Pearsall Smith The English Language. 1966
Loreto Todd Modern Englishes. 1984
G. W. Turner The English Language in Australia and New Zealand. 1966
Russel Ward The Australian Legend. 1978
J. C. Wells Accents of English. 1982
G. A. Wilkes A Dictionary of Australian Colloquialisms. 1978
Raymond Williams The Long Revolution. 1971