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The Mother Tongue English And How It Got That Way - Bill Bryson
The Mother Tongue English And How It Got That Way
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With dazzling wit and astonishing insight, Bill Bryson--the acclaimed author of The Lost Continent--brilliantly explores the remarkable history, eccentricities, resilience and sheer fun of the English language. From the first descent of the larynx into the throat (why you can talk but your dog... show more
With dazzling wit and astonishing insight, Bill Bryson--the acclaimed author of The Lost Continent--brilliantly explores the remarkable history, eccentricities, resilience and sheer fun of the English language. From the first descent of the larynx into the throat (why you can talk but your dog can't), to the fine lost art of swearing, Bryson tells the fascinating, often uproarious story of an inadequate, second-rate tongue of peasants that developed into one of the world's largest growth industries.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780965316590 (0965316599)
Publisher: Perennial
Pages no: 270
Edition language: English
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Non Fiction, History
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Murder by Death
Murder by Death rated it
4.0 Mother Tongue: The Story of the English Language
I'm partial to Bill Bryson's writing to start with - I enjoy his subtle and not-so-subtle snark. As an expat who often gets comments about her accent, word choice, or idiom use and is sometimes forced to defend the same, I've become interested in the English language across different cultures, so I...
Kaethe
Kaethe rated it
5.0 The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way - Bill Bryson
Twenty years from publication, some of it is probably outdated, and Bryson was never a linguist, so it isn't definitive. It's just delightful, which is why I have to read it again every decade or so. Personal copy
Dantastic Book Reviews
Dantastic Book Reviews rated it
2.5 The Mother Tongue
The Mother Tongue is the story of the evolution of the English language, from its humble beginnings as a Germanic tongue to what it has evolved into over the centuries.So, Bill Bryson + cheap equals insta-buy for me, apparently. Too bad even Bill Bryson couldn't make this terribly entertaining.I hav...
C. P. Lesley
C. P. Lesley rated it
A charmer. I wrote a blog post about it: http://blog.cplesley.com/2015/06/ways-with-words.html.
DES
DES rated it
This is one memorable beginning to a book on language on page 1:Warning to motorists in Tokyo:"When a passenger of the foot heave in sight, tootle the horn. Trumpet at him melodiously at first, but if he still obstacles your passage, then tootle him with vigour".Made me laugh out loud.The book gives...
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