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The Mother Tongue

 On Sale: 01/09/1991
 Formats:     Trade paperback
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With dazzling wit and astonishing insight, Bill Bryson--the acclaimed author of The Lost Continent--brilliantly 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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Critical Praise for The Mother Tongue

“Diverting and richly anecdotal…Bryson is an unalloyed fan who relishes the language’s versatility, verb hoard and vast vocabulary.”
— Robert Taylor, Boston Globe

ISBN: 9780380715435; ISBN10: 0380715430; Imprint: William Morrow Paperbacks ; On Sale: 01/09/1991; Format: Trade paperback; Trimsize: 5 5/16 x 8; Pages: 272; $18.50; Ages: 18 and Up; BISAC1:LAN000000; BISAC2:HUM003000

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