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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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  • Samual HaberSamual Haber
    Every paragraph is super interesting and entertaining
  • Brian DickBrian Dick
    Fun read
  • TerriSTerriS
    LibraryThing Review A wonderful history of English, with all of its eccentricities and word-play. If you like words, then you’ll like this book! And if you are a Bill Bryson fan, as I am, you won’t be disappointed 🙂
  • AlaricBondAlaricBond
    LibraryThing Review A revealing insight into the birth of our language told by one who uses it so well.
  • MontgomeryMontgomery
    Review: The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way For a pop English linguistics book, it’s good!
  • jsoosjsoos
    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.
  • BodagirlBodagirl
    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.
  • tonidewtonidew
    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.
  • librkenlibrken
    LibraryThing Review Bryson’s logic is flawed throughout and he draws many conclusions that aren’t supported by his own facts. Entertaining nonetheless.
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