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The Mother Tongue - English And How It Got That Way

 
 
 
 
The Mother Tongue - English And How It Got That Way
Author: Bill Bryson
ISBN 13: 9780380715435
ISBN 10: 380715430
Edition: Reissue
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: 1990
Format: Paperback
Pages: 272
List Price: $14.99
 
 

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.

Burt Hochburg

Complex and maddeningly illogical though it is, English is spoken by more than 300 million people around the world...Its story has been told before, but seldom as deftly or as memorably...An enthralling excursion...A motherlode of delectable trivia. —The New York Times Book Review