The Mother Tongue: English and How it Got that Way

The Mother Tongue: English and How it Got that Way

by Bill Bryson

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062417442
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/02/2015
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 9,432
File size: 774 KB

About the Author

Bill Bryson's bestselling books include One Summer, A Short History of Nearly Everything, At Home, A Walk in the Woods, Neither Here nor There, Made in America, and The Mother Tongue. He lives in England with his wife.

Hometown:

Hanover, New Hampshire

Date of Birth:

1951

Place of Birth:

Des Moines, Iowa

Education:

B.A., Drake University, 1977

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