The Mother Tongue : English and How It Got That Way

The Mother Tongue : English and How It Got That Way

Description

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.

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Details

Author(s)
Bill Bryson
Format
Paperback | 272 pages
Dimensions
135 x 202 x 17mm | 204g
Publication date
02 Sep 2011
Publisher
HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Imprint
AVON BOOKS
Publication City/Country
New York, NY, United States
Language
English
Edition Statement
Reissue
ISBN10
0380715430
ISBN13
9780380715435
Bestsellers rank
19,830