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The Mother Tongue

Number of page: 320
Author: ill Bryson
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 9780380715435
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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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Reviews:
  • Brian DickBrian Dick
    Fun read
  • EmilyEmily
    Review: The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way Ugh. What a slog. I mean, it was hilarious in parts, and I still love Bill Bryson, but this was NOT by any stretch a quick and enthralling read. Would be better as a pick-up-and-skim book, I think.
  • MontgomeryMontgomery
    Review: The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way For a pop English linguistics book, it’s good!
  • Kaylee DKaylee D
    Review: The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way At first witty and enticing, the book becomes repetiive and a too-long historical account that continually backtracks. The author’s point is quickly made and then stretched out and smothered by fluff.
  • CarolCarol
    Review: The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way I like to read about words and language so in as far as this book is about that, I enjoyed it. But this book lacked a tightness that made it a little less pleasurable to read.
  • FiercebeagleFiercebeagle
    Review: The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way Twat is a bad word, apparently.
  • MikeMike
    Review: The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way Like any Bryson book you never know how much is fact versus fiction. The book starts off interesting, seriously wanes in the middle, and regains more interesting subjects toward the end.
  • A Google UserA Google User
    On time in excellent condition. Very pleased.
  • Daniel BairdDaniel Baird
    Review: The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way Such a charming read, but halfway through I hit a claim that was clearly wrong. Bryson claimed that Australians spell “labour” the American way, without a U, when in fact only the name of a political
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