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Mother tongue : the English language

Author: Bill Bryson
Publisher: Bath : Windsor, 2007.
Edition/Format:   book_largeprint : English : Large print edView all editions and formats
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Bill Bryson examines how a language 'treated for centuries as the inadequate and second-rate tongue of peasants' has now become the undisputed global language. He explores the countless varieties of English, explains how words like shampoo got into our dictionaries and how the major dictionaries were created. He also explores the countless varieties of English - from American to Australian, from Creole to Cockney  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bill Bryson
ISBN: 9781405614726 1405614722 1405614730 9781405614733
OCLC Number: 76798584
Notes: Originally published: London: Hamish Hamilton, 1990.
Description: 320 pages ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Bill Bryson.

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Bill Bryson examines how a language 'treated for centuries as the inadequate and second-rate tongue of peasants' has now become the undisputed global language. He explores the countless varieties of English, explains how words like shampoo got into our dictionaries and how the major dictionaries were created. He also explores the countless varieties of English - from American to Australian, from Creole to Cockney rhyming slang.

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