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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.


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.


The Mother Tongue

The Mother Tongue
Author: Bill Bryson
Publisher:
Total Pages: 270
Release: 2000
Genre: English language
ISBN: 9780965316590

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Mother Tongue

Mother Tongue
Author: Bill Bryson
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Release: 2000
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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.


The Mother Tongue

The Mother Tongue
Author: Bill Bryson
Publisher:
Total Pages: 251
Release: 1990
Genre: English language
ISBN:

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Mother Tongue

Mother Tongue
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Release: 2000
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Mother Tongue

Mother Tongue
Author: Bill Bryson
Publisher:
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2007-01
Genre: English language
ISBN: 9781405614726

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Quicklet on Bill Bryson's The Mother Tongue - English And How It Got That Way

Quicklet on Bill Bryson's The Mother Tongue - English And How It Got That Way
Author: Devon Smith
Publisher: Hyperink Inc
Total Pages: 32
Release: 2012-02-24
Genre: Study Aids
ISBN: 1614641218

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ABOUT THE BOOK In Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way, Bill Bryson guides us through the complicated history of the English language to figure out why it is the way it is. It’s an interesting journey, part thesis and part pop science, that explains the most significant events in the development of the English language with lots of useful tidbits along the way. English started gaining dominance as a global language during the 20th century with the rise of American supremacy. Mother Tongue was published in 1991, in the midst of the fall of Communism when America became the undisputed victor of the Cold War and, some would say, of the world. Since that time, English has surpassed all other languages as the global lingua franca, not only in the business and commerce sector, but in science, technology, diplomacy, and tourism as well. MEET THE AUTHOR Devon Smith was a software developer, university instructor, belly dancer, and researcher before turning to professional writing. She currently lives in Turkey. Someday she will put something interesting on this website: devonwashere.blogspot.com EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK Bryson then talks about the rapid evolution of English through the times of Chaucer, during which the language was greatly simplified, and Shakespeare, who was perhaps the single most innovative wordsmith in the history of the language. One particular maddening discussion is the one about English spelling and orthography, or writing (“Spelling”). One of the major ideas here is that when English adopts words from foreign languages (which it does frequently), it often preserves the original spelling, which may or may not obey the spelling rules of native English words. Buy a copy to keep reading!