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The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way

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The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way by Bryson, Bill, 9780380715435
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  • ISBN: 9780380715435 | 0380715430
  • Cover: Paperback
  • Copyright: 5/6/2010
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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.

"Diverting and richly anecdotal...Bryson is an unalloyed fan who relishes the language's versatility, verb hoard and vast vocabulary." -Robert Taylor, Boston Globe

"Vastly informative and vastly entertaining...A scholarly and fascinating book." -Fred S. Holley, Los Angeles Times

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