Mother Tongue: The Story of the English Language
“A gold mine of language, anecdote, information, curiosity. A surprise one every page . . . enthralling.” Observer
The Mother Tongue - English And How It Got That Way
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.
Bill Bryson’s classic Mother Tongue is a highly readable and hilarious tale of how English came to be the world’s language.