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Mother Tongue : The Story of the English Language - Bill Bryson

Mother Tongue

The Story of the English Language

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Published: 1st October 2009
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'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 this as well as the many curious eccentricities that make it as maddening to learn as it is flexible to use.

Bill Bryson's classic Mother Tongue is a highly readable and hilarious tale of how English came to be the world's language.

'Not only fascinating but extremely funny' - Angus Deayton 'The sort of linguistics I like, anecdotal, full of revelations, and with not one dull paragraph' - Ruth Rendell, Sunday Times 'A gold mine of language-anecdote, information, curiosity. A suprise on every page... enthralling' Observer 'Delightful, amusing and provoking... A joyful celebration of our wonderful language, which is packed with curiosities and enlightenment on every page' Sunday Express 'A delightful survey - though with its good humour, wealth of anecdote, and boyish enthusiasm, "romp" would be a better word.' - David Crystal

Acknowledgementsp. ix
The world's languagep. 1
The dawn of languagep. 11
Global languagep. 26
The first thousand yearsp. 38
Where words come fromp. 60
Pronunciationp. 77
Varieties of Englishp. 92
Spellingp. 108
Good english and badp. 125
Order out of chaosp. 139
Old world, new worldp. 154
English as a world languagep. 173
Namesp. 178
Swearingp. 210
Wordplayp. 222
The future of Englishp. 237
Notesp. 245
Select bibliographyp. 249
Indexp. 256
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ISBN: 9780141040080
ISBN-10: 0141040084
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st October 2009
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.1  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.21

Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1951. Settled in England for many years, he moved to America with his wife and four children for a few years ,but has since returned to live in the UK. His bestselling travel books include The Lost Continent, Notes From A Small Island, A Walk In The Woods and Down Under. His acclaimed work of popular science, A Short History Of Nearly Everything, won the Aventis Prize and the Descartes Prize, and was the biggest selling non-fiction book of the decade in the UK.

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