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The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2002

    Humor in Linguistics

    Bryson describes the evolution of the English language and influences of other Indo-European based languages in a hilarious context of changing society and historical grammar. It's a fabulous book for anyone who knows anything about linguistics, and his cunning humor will resonate even with casual readers. The reader will also learn a lot about our crazy language. One of the best reads i've had in a while. His other books are great, too. If you like David Sedaris, you'll love Bill Bryson.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 22, 2014

    a must-read for any lover of language. a must-read for any lov

    a must-read for any lover of language.
    a must-read for any lover of english.
    a must-read for any lover of...(linguistics, anthropology, sociology, history, etc etc ad infinitum ad nauseum)

    simply...a must-read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2003

    much humor, even more wit

    To be brief, I found the book to be humorous, witty, full of information backed up with many interesting facts and a plethora of examples for each point. Bryson is accurate, and by reading The Mother Tongue, I learned a lot and enjoyed doing so.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2000

    Language is social history

    This book is a very entertaining history of the development of the English language. I studied English at university, and we also covered the development of English, Beowulf and all. Had I known this book then, I might have enjoyed it more! The development of language always also reflects the development of and changes in society, and I find this extremely interesting. In short, everyone who sees English (or any other language, actually) as a living, changing part of our lives simply has to read this book, to gain insights into the world of speech that are both entertaining and worth having read at least once.

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