Mother Tongue: The Story of the English Language
'More than 300 million people in the world speak English and the rest, it sometimes seems, try to...'
Only Bill Bryson could make a book about the English language so entertaining. With his boundless enthusiasm and restless eye for the absurd, this is his astonishing tour of English. From its mongrel origins to its status as the world's most-spoken tongue; its apparent simplicity to its deceptive complexity; its vibrant swearing to its uncertain spelling and pronunciation, Bryson covers all this as well as the many curious eccentricities that make it as maddening to learn as it is flexible to
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Angus Deayton The sort of linguistics I like, anecdotal, full of revelations, and with not one dull paragraph
A gold mine of language-anecdote, information, curiosity. A suprise on every page... enthralling
Delightful, amusing and provoking... A joyful celebration of our wonderful language, which