The Mother Tongue 9780380715435 | 9780062417442 University of Richmond, Spider Shop

The Mother Tongue

English and How it Got that Way

Bill Bryson
eISBN-13: 9780062417442

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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.

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ISBNs 9780062417442, 9780380715435, 0062417444, 9780062417442
Language English
Number of Pages 320