English is the third most spoken native language in the world, after Standard Chinese and Spanish. It is the most widely learned second language and is either the official language or one of the official languages in almost 60 sovereign states. English is the most commonly spoken language in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, Ireland and New Zealand, and it is widely spoken in some areas of the Caribbean, Africa and South Asia. It is a co-official language of the United Nations, the European Union and many other world and regional international organisations. It is the most widely spoken Germanic language, accounting for at least 70% of speakers of this Indo-European branch.
   English is spoken or understood by over 1 500 000 000 people in the world.


the Bob Dylan encyclopaedia UK hardback michael gray book BOB DYLAN ENCYCLOPEDIA (THE), by Michael Gray, Continuum New York London 2006, 736 pages, Hardback, includes a CD-Rom with the book on .pdf    

the Bob Dylan encyclopaedia US hardback michael gray book same, by Michael Gray, Continuum, New York, 2006, hardback. 736 pages. The US edition has white end papers and slightly different cover with altered neck and face taking up more of cover. The UK edition has cream end papers. Thank you to John Baldwin for this information.

the Bob Dylan encyclopaedia sampler michael gray book same, The Sampler.-Continuum, New York City. 2006. (uncorrected promotional sampler), 19 pages.The 24 sampler entries have been chosen from among the letters A to C. (information Arie de Reus)

the Bob Dylan encyclopaedia hardback michael gray book updated 2008 same, by Michael Gray, Continuum Ed. 2008. Fully Updated and Revised Edition, paperback, 784 pages