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Mother tongue : the English language

Author: Bill Bryson
Publisher: London, England : Penguin Books, 1990.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Packed with fascinating facts on the English language, Mother Tongue is an entertaining and didactic investigation of the influence and distribution of the language worldwide and its origins as a second-rate tongue spoken by peasants.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bill Bryson
ISBN: 014014305X 9780140143058 0380715430 9780380715435
OCLC Number: 779898392
Description: 269 pages
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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Packed with fascinating facts on the English language, Mother Tongue is an entertaining and didactic investigation of the influence and distribution of the language worldwide and its origins as a second-rate tongue spoken by peasants.

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