Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue The Untold Story of English

ISBN-10: 1592403956
ISBN-13: 9781592403950
Edition: 2008
Authors: John McWhorter
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Description: A survey of the quirks and quandaries of the English language, focusing on our strange and wonderful grammar Why do we say I am reading a catalog instead of I read a catalog? Why do we say do at all? Is the way we speak a reflection of our cultural  More...

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Book details

List price: $22.50
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 10/30/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

A survey of the quirks and quandaries of the English language, focusing on our strange and wonderful grammar Why do we say I am reading a catalog instead of I read a catalog? Why do we say do at all? Is the way we speak a reflection of our cultural values? Delving into these provocative topics and more, Our Magnificent Bastard Languagedistills hundreds of years of fascinating lore into one lively history. Covering such turning points as the little-known Celtic and Welsh influences on English, the impact of the Viking raids and the Norman Conquest, and the Germanic invasions that started it all during the fifth century ad, John McWhorter narrates this colorful evolution with vigor. Drawing on revolutionary genetic and linguistic research as well as a cache of remarkable trivia about the origins of English words and syntax patterns, Our Magnificent Bastard Tongueultimately demonstrates the arbitrary, maddening nature of English and its ironic simplicity due to its role as a streamlined lingua franca during the early formation of Britain. This is the book that language aficionados worldwide have been waiting for (and no, its not a sin to end a sentence with a preposition).

Introduction
We Speak a Miscegenated Grammar
A Lesson from the Celtic Impact
We Speak a Battered Grammar
Does Our Grammar Channel Our Thought?
Skeletons in the Closet
Notes on Sources
Acknowledgments
Index

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