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The mother tongue : English & how it got that way

Author: Bill Bryson
Publisher: New York : Perennial, 2000, ©1990.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Provides a humorous history of the English language covering such topics as spelling, pronunciation, swearing, and wordplay.
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Genre/Form: History
Humor
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bill Bryson
ISBN: 0380715430 9780380715435
OCLC Number: 47366211
Description: 270 pages ; 20 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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Provides a humorous history of the English language covering such topics as spelling, pronunciation, swearing, and wordplay.

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