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The Mother Tongue: English and How it Got that Way

The Mother Tongue: English and How it Got that Way

by Bill Bryson


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“Vastly informative and vastly entertaining…A scholarly and fascinating book.” —Los Angeles Times

With dazzling wit and astonishing insight, Bill Bryson explores the remarkable history, eccentricities, resilience and sheer fun of the English language. 

From the first descent of the larynx into the throat (why you can talk but your dog can’t), to the fine lost art of swearing, Bryson tells the fascinating, often uproarious story of an inadequate, second-rate tongue of peasants that developed into one of the world’s largest growth industries.

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ISBN-13: 9780380715435
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/23/2001
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 68,252
Product dimensions: 5.24(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.77(d)

About the Author

Bill Bryson's bestselling books include One Summer, A Short History of Nearly Everything, At Home, A Walk in the Woods, Neither Here nor There, Made in America, and The Mother Tongue. He lives in England with his wife.


Hanover, New Hampshire

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Des Moines, Iowa


B.A., Drake University, 1977

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