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Mother Tongue ebook

by Bill Bryson


For non-English speakers everywhere, English has become the common tongue.

For non-English speakers everywhere, English has become the common tongue. Even in France, the most determinedly nation in the world, the war against English encroachment has largely been lost.

The Mother Tongue book.

In this revealing and often hilarious book, Bill Bryson examines the mother tongue and explores the countless varieties of English and the perils of marketing brands with names like Pschitt and Super Piss. With entertaining sections on the oddities of swearing and spelling, spoonerisms and Scrabble, and a consideration of what we mean by 'good English', "Mother Tongue" is one of the most stimulating books yet written on this endlessly engrossing subject.

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. Библиографические данные. The Mother Tongue: English and How it Got that Way. Автор. Издание: перепечатанное.

Mother Tongue" was published by Penguin Books in 1990, the third book in Bill Bryson's short (ish) history of book writing.

The First Thousand Years In the country inns of a small corner of northern Germany, in the spur of land connecting Schleswig-Holstein to Denmark, you can sometimes hear people talking in what sounds. eerily like a lost dialect of English. Occasional snatches of it even make sense, as when they say that the veather ist cold or inquire of the time by asking, What ist de clock?.

Bryson explores English from America to Australia and looks at, among other things, swearing, spelling, spoonerisms and Scrabble. Bryson explores English from America to Australia and looks at, among other things, swearing, spelling, spoonerisms and Scrabble.

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Yainai
I am a big Bill Bryson fan, I often say that the guy can write about anything and make it interesting. This book is an exception to that rule.

Although Amazon lists a 2015 publication date for the Kindle edition, this is clearly a much older book (most of the references and examples seem to be no more recent than the mid-80s) and seems to be one of Bryson's earliest publications. It lacks his usual superior scholarship combined with wit and clarity. I am not a linguistic expert as some reviewers here, but even I can detect that a lot of this is oversimplified, apocryphal, or simply wrong. Much of the book follows a pattern of making a statement about some foible of English followed by a long (often repetitive) list of examples. This does not really add up to either enlightenment or entertainment.

It would be a good subject for Bryson to revisit with a more rigorous and accurate approach.
Ffan
I was in a debate with my wife's 92 year old grandfather about how silly English is as a language and that for non native speakers it is one of the hardest languages to learn. He, being a man who speaks many languages and was in the foreign service, said I was crazy. The next day a visitor to the house mentioned this very book when she heard about our disagreement.

I immediately purchased it and haven't regretted it once. This book is full of fun facts about English but also really does examine the ridiculous nature of the language from a linguistics point of view. That last part is surprising because he is not in fact a linguist!

It is light hearted fun but you will learn many things that you can impress your friends, or 92 year old grandfathers.
Adokelv
I loved this book. Not only is Mr. Bryson an amusing writer, but it's so full of interesting and entertaining facts that a topic which under other circumstances could have been quite dull turned out to be a page-turner. For years, I've heard about what an amazing language English is, and this lays it out in all its glory, from words we've borrowed from the Romans (not many) to when England could have adopted the French language thanks to the Normans, or that certain Anglo-Saxon words are still in common use today. I also wasn't aware that Shakespeare had coined more than 1,500 words on his own, that "okay" first appeared in print in 1837, or that certain members of the Founding generation thought a new country might need a new language. I'm quite certain my husband got tired of hearing about all the interesting things I learned, but I will never look at English in quite the same way again
Silverbrew
I like Bryson's easy, breezy writing and love languages, so I expected to really enjoy this book and at first I did. I was dazzled by Bryson's erudition. Until I got to the one language that I know something about, Classical Chinese. In one paragraph, he slaughtered the truth. I'll give you just two examples. He said that people today could read the Chinese of 2,500 years ago. Not true. Contemporary and Classical Chinese are far more different than Latin and modern Italian, and that was true even before the Communists simplified the characters in the 60's. He also said that using a Chinese/English dictionary was a joke. After looking up a word by its radical (roughly, root), all of the thousands of entries for characters using that radical were just thrown in at random. Again, flatly untrue. They are entered in the order of the number of strokes used to write them. That still doesn't make it easy to find a word in a Chinese/English dictionary, but they aren't put together by clowns, either. In his bibliography, Bryson cites one work on Chinese, "Chinese for Beginners" by Dianne Wolff. I have been such a fan of Bryson's that I dared to hope that the mistakes were hers, so I ordered the book. Alas, her work is completely accurate. Bryson, either because he couldn't be bothered to actually read her book or just because he thought it was more entertaining his way, is totally responsible for his false statements. I do recognize that Classical Chinese is an obscure language, and who cares, right? But if he could be completely, 100 percent wrong about one language, what's to give us confidence he's right about any of them? I'm not saying he's dishonest, but I am saying I wouldn't set out on a walking tour of England using "The Road to Little Dribbling" as a guide unless I were comfortable with the risk I'd find myself walking through, say, Albania instead.
Mother Tongue ebook
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Bill Bryson
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