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    Description'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 use. Bill Bryson's classic "Mother Tongue" is a highly readable and hilarious tale of how English came to be the world's language.


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    Title
    Mother Tongue
    Subtitle
    The Story of the English Language
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Bill Bryson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 140 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780141040080
    ISBN 10: 0141040084
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: LAN
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2AB
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.6
    Ingram Theme: APPR/CLASSA
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24000
    BISAC V2.8: LAN009000
    Ingram Subject Code: LA
    Libri: ENGL3070, ENGM1065
    DC22: 420, 420.9
    BISAC V2.8: HUM003000
    BIC subject category V2: 2AB, CBX
    Libri: ANGL4880
    Thema V1.0: WHX, CBX
    Thema language qualifier V1.0: 2ACB
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Publication date
    01 October 2009
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Bill Bryson's is the author of many books including, most recently, his memoir The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid and Shakespeare. A Short History of Nearly Everything was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, and won the Aventis Prize for Science Books and the Descartes Science Communication Prize.
    Review quote
    'Not only fascinating but extremely funny' - Angus Deayton 'The sort of linguistics I like, anecdotal, full of revelations, and with not one dull paragraph' - Ruth Rendell, Sunday Times 'A gold mine of language-anecdote, information, curiosity. A suprise on every page... enthralling' Observer 'Delightful, amusing and provoking... A joyful celebration of our wonderful language, which is packed with curiosities and enlightenment on every page' Sunday Express 'A delightful survey - though with its good humour, wealth of anecdote, and boyish enthusiasm, "romp" would be a better word.' - David Crystal