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The Mother Tongue

The Mother Tongue
Author: Bill Bryson
Publisher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 276
Release: 2015-06-02
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN: 0062417444

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“Vastly informative and vastly entertaining…A scholarly and fascinating book.” —Los Angeles Times With dazzling wit and astonishing insight, Bill Bryson 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.


The Mother Tongue

The Mother Tongue
Author: Bill Bryson
Publisher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 276
Release: 1991-09-01
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN: 9780380715435

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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.


Righting the Mother Tongue

Righting the Mother Tongue
Author: David Wolman
Publisher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 229
Release: 2008-10-07
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN: 006136925X

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“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 years of trial, error, and reform that have made the history of English spelling a jumbled and fascinating mess. In Righting the Mother Tongue, the author of A Left-Hand Turn Around the World brings us the tangled story of English Spelling, from Olde English to email. Utterly captivating, deliciously edifying, and extremely witty, Righting the Mother Tongue is a treat for the language lover—a book that belongs in every personal library, right next to Eats, Shoots, and Leaves, and the works of Bill Bryson and Simon Winchester.


The Mother Tongue

The Mother Tongue
Author: Bill Bryson
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
Total Pages: 270
Release: 1990
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN: 9780688078959

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Offers a journey through the intricacies, puzzles, and quirks of the English language, tracing the history of English from its earliest origins to the present day


Mother Tongue

Mother Tongue
Author: Bill Bryson
Publisher:
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2000
Genre:
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Mother Tongue

Mother Tongue
Author: Wallis Wilde-Menozzi
Publisher: North Point Press
Total Pages: 376
Release: 2020-03-17
Genre: Travel
ISBN: 0374720851

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A probing and poetic examination of language, food, faith, and family attachment in Italian life through the eyes of an American who moved to Parma with her husband and family. In the 1980s, the American writer Wallis Wilde-Menozzi moved permanently with her Italian husband and her daughter to Parma, a sophisticated city in northern Italy, where he became a professor of biology. Her search for rootedness in the city that was to be her home introduced her to complexities in her identity as she migrated into another language and looked for links beyond the joys of Verdi, Correggio, and Parmesan cheese, which visitors have rightly extolled for centuries. The local resistance to change perceived as individualistic led Wilde-Menozzi to explore the pull and challenge of difference and discover the backbone she needed for artistic freedom. In Mother Tongue, Wilde-Menozzi offers stories of far-sighted lives, remarkable Parma men and remarkable women, including the Renaissance abbess Giovanna Piacenza, the fighting Donella Rossi Sanvitale, and her own indefatigable mother-in-law. Framed with a new introduction by the author, and a new foreword by Patricia Hampl, this classic on diversity and tolerance, family, faith, and food in Italy and the United States is at once timeless and timely, a “large, beautiful window into the intelligent, literate, reflective life of Italy” (Shirley Hazzard).


The Mother Tongue

The Mother Tongue
Author: Bill Bryson
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Total Pages:
Release: 2001-11-01
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN: 9781417671489

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Provides a humorous history of the English language covering such topics as spelling, pronunciation, swearing, and wordplay.


Mother Tongue

Mother Tongue
Author: Joel Davis
Publisher: Carol Publishing Corporation
Total Pages: 376
Release: 1994
Genre: Education
ISBN:

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The author "presents the latest and most controversial research from the origins of language itself to the way the human brain makes and stores it, as well as how infants create it."--Jacket.


Mother Tongue

Mother Tongue
Author: Bill Bryson
Publisher: Penguin Books Limited
Total Pages: 269
Release: 2009
Genre: English language
ISBN: 9780141040080

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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 unphonetic ways, why four has a u in it but forty doesn't, plus bizarre and enlightening facts about some of the patriarchs of this peculiar language.


made in america

made in america
Author: Bill Bryson
Publisher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 435
Release: 2015-06-02
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN: 006241741X

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“A literate exploration of why we use—or mangle—our native tongue.”—USA Today Bill Bryson celebrates America’s magnificent offspring in the book that reveals once and for all how a dusty western hamlet with neither woods nor holly came to be known as Hollywood…and exactly why Mr. Yankee Doodle call his befeathered cap “Macaroni.”