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    DescriptionWith 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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    Title
    The Mother Tongue
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Bill Bryson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 202 mm
    Thickness: 17 mm
    Weight: 204 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780380715435
    ISBN 10: 0380715430
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LAN
    BIC subject category V2: WH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S1.5
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: CF
    B&T General Subject: 480
    Ingram Theme: APPR/CLASSA
    BISAC V2.8: LAN009000
    Ingram Subject Code: LA
    Libri: I-LA
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25600
    DC22: 420/.9, 420.9
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 420.9
    BISAC V2.8: HUM003000
    B&T Approval Code: C21200000
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: PE1072 .B76 2000
    Thema V1.0: CF, WHX
    Edition statement
    Reissue
    Publisher
    HarperCollins Publishers Inc
    Imprint name
    AVON BOOKS
    Publication date
    23 October 2001
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Review quote
    "Complex and maddeningly illogical though it is, English is spoken by more than 300 million people around the world...Its story has been told before, but seldom as deftly or as memorably...An enthralling excursion...A motherlode of delectable trivia."--Burt Hochburg, "The New York Times Book Review""Diverting and richly anecdotal...Bryson is an unalloyed fan who relishes the language's versatility, verb hoard and vast vocabulary."--Robert Taylor, "Boston Globe""Vastly informative and vastly entertaining...A scholarly and fascinating book."--Fred S. Holley, "Los Angeles Times"