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Mother Tongue: The Story of the English Language



‘More than 300 million people in the world speak English and the rest, it sometimes seems, try to…’Only Bill Bryson could make a book about the English language so entertaining. With his boundless enthusiasm and restless eye for the absurd, this is his astonishing tour of English. From its mongrel origins to its status as the world’s most-spoken tongue; its apparent simplicity to its deceptive complexity; its vibrant swearing to its uncertain spelling and pronunciation, Bryson covers all…

Mother Tongue

ISBN 10 : 0141040084
ISBN 13 : 9780141040080

The author of the acclaimed The Lost Continent now steers us through the quirks and byways of the English language. We learn why island, freight, and colonel are spelled in such un..


The Mother Tongue

ISBN 10 : 9780062417442
ISBN 13 : 0062417444

With dazzling wit and astonishing insight, Bill Bryson—the acclaimed author of The Lost Continent—brilliantly explores the remarkable history, eccentricities, resilience and sh..


Righting The Mother Tongue

ISBN 10 : 9780061981975
ISBN 13 : 0061981974

“A funny and fact-filled look at our astoundingly inconsistent written language, from Shakespeare to spell-check.” —St. Petersburg Times David Wolman explores seven hundred y..


The Story Of English

ISBN 10 : 0571275087
ISBN 13 : 9780571275083

From the author of Globish, a new edition of the acclaimed history of the English language...


The Adventure Of English

ISBN 10 : 9781628720242
ISBN 13 : 1628720247

“A captivating history” of the world’s second most widely spoken language, from ancient dialect to digital slang (The Daily Telegraph). What role did the Black Death play in ..


The Story Of English In 100 Words

ISBN 10 : 9781466805088
ISBN 13 : 1466805080

The world's foremost expert on the English language takes us on an entertaining and eye-opening tour of the history of our vernacular through the ages. In The Story of English in 1..


Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue

ISBN 10 : 1440634041
ISBN 13 : 9781440634048

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 catal..


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