Mother Tongue English and How It Got That Way

ISBN-10: 0380715430
ISBN-13: 9780380715435
Edition: 1990 (Reprint)
Authors: Bill Bryson
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Description: 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  More...

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List price: $14.99
Copyright year: 1990
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/23/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

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.

Bill Bryson was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on December 8, 1951. In 1973, Bryson went backpacking in England, where he eventually decided to settle. He wrote for the English newspapers The Times and The Independent, as well as supplementing his income by writing travel articles. Bryson moved back to the States in 1995. His first travel book, The Lost Continent, chronicles a trip in his mother's Chevy around small town America. Since then, he has written several more travelogues about the U. K. and the U. S., including bestsellers, A Walk in the Woods, I'm A Stranger Here Myself, and In a Sunburned Country. His other books include: Bill Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words, Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe, Made in America, The Mother Tongue, Bill Bryson's African Diary, A Short History of Nearly Everything, At Home: A Short History of Private Life, Walk About, and Seeing Further: The Story of Science, Discovery, the Genius of the Royal Society.

The World's Language
The Dawn of Language
Global Language
The First Thousand Years
Where Words Come From
Pronunciation
Varieties of English
Spelling
Good English and Bad
Order out of Chaos
Old World, New World
English as a World Language
Names
Swearing
Wordplay
The Future of English
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