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The mother tongue : English & how it got that way

Author: Bill Bryson
Publisher: New York : Avon Books, 1991, ©1990.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Offers a journey through the intricacies, puzzles, and quirks of the English language, tracing the history of English from its earliest origins to the present day.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bill Bryson
ISBN: 0380715430 9780380715435 0688078958 9780688078959
OCLC Number: 20934335
Notes: Published by arrangement with William Morrow and Company, Inc.
Description: 270 p. ; 21 cm.
Contents: The world's language --
The dawn of language --
Global language --
The first thousand years --
Where words come from --
Pronunciation --
Varieties of English --
Spelling --
Good English and bad --
Order out of chaos --
Old world, new world --
English as a world language --
Names --
Swearing --
Wordplay --
The future of English.
Responsibility: Bill Bryson.

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Offers a journey through the intricacies, puzzles, and quirks of the English language, tracing the history of English from its earliest origins to the present day.

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