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Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold History of English

Title (user) : Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold History of EnglishTitle (google) : Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue The Untold History of EnglishISBN : 1592403956,9781592403950DDC : 420.9LCC : PE1075 .M597 2008GoogleBook ID : J7rEk4BW0_oCEdition : 1Authors (user) : John H. McWhorterAuthors (google) : John H. McWhorterPublisher : Gotham BooksLanguage : EnglishPublication Date : 2008File Format : epubCategories : Language Arts & Disciplines------------------------------------------Description (user) : A survey of the quirks and quandaries of the English language, focusing on our strange and wonderful grammar Why do we say “I am reading a catalog” instead of “I read a catalog”? Why do we say “do” at all? Is the way we speak a reflection of our cultural values? Delving into these provocative topics and more, Our Magnificent Bastard Language distills hundreds of years of fascinating lore into one lively history. Covering such turning points as the little-known Celtic and Welsh influences on English, the impact of the Viking raids and the Norman Conquest, and the Germanic invasions that started it all during the fifth century ad, John McWhorter narrates this colorful evolution with vigor. Drawing on revolutionary genetic and linguistic research as well as a cache of remarkable trivia about the origins of English words and syntax patterns, Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue ultimately demonstrates...

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