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Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
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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THE MOTHER TONGUE A merry and bright Baedeker to the English language, its history, character, and probable future. American expatriate (to Britain) Bryson proves a witty and knowing guide here, with scarcely a trace of the sneer that spoiled his popular tour of small-town America, The Lost Continent (1989). Instead, a gentle humor, enamored of oddities, warms his discussion of the origins of English, its evolution
LibraryThing Review Mother Tongue is a hugely entertaining pop history of the English language, featuring many laugh-out-loud moments. It took me a while to warm to this book, as I was dubious about the reliability of
LibraryThing Review The two or three chapters that were actually about historical development of languages were tantalizingly good, but fell measurably short of what I was hoping for. Much of the rest of the book is a
LibraryThing Review Excellent, amusing history of the English Language
LibraryThing Review This book is filled with information and an incredible number of fascinating factoids. I never knew that a lifespan of 70 years equates to just about two billion seconds. Or that the highest recorded
LibraryThing Review Bill Bryson recounts the history and development of the english language, with a bit of humour thrown in to ease the journey. If I had to write a one-sentence summary of this book, that would be it
LibraryThing Review Bryson started with serious books on grammar and his expertise is put to good use in this book on the English language. Look out for Made in America too.
LibraryThing Review I really enjoyed Bryson’s romp through a brief history of the English language. He turns what could have been a dry, boring treatise, into a humorous exploration which is extremely diverting. I especially liked the chapters on names, swearing, and wordplay.
LibraryThing Review If you are going to read just one book on the English language (and I recommend reading more than that) – this is the one! Bryson has just the right mix of history, etymology and humor to make this both an informative and incredibly readable volume. Well worth it.
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