Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue The Untold Story of English
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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 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).
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $22.50
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/30/2008
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 1.00" tall
|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|