'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
|The world's language||p. 1|
|The dawn of language||p. 11|
|Global language||p. 26|
|The first thousand years||p. 38|
|Where words come from||p. 60|
|Varieties of English||p. 92|
|Good english and bad||p. 125|
|Order out of chaos||p. 139|
|Old world, new world||p. 154|
|English as a world language||p. 173|
|The future of English||p. 237|
|Select bibliography||p. 249|
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Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st October 2009
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 14.0 x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 1