Mother Tongue

The Story of the English Language

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'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 ... Continua
Ha scritto il 17/11/10
Inaccurate and outdated
I had enjoyed "Made in America" so much that I had great expectations for "Mother Tongue" as well... I was really disappointed instead. So many inaccuracies about Italian and other languages I know raise doubts about the accuracy of the rest. The ..." Continua...
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Ha scritto il 17/06/10
So, this is the story of English... and written by Bill Bryson... THE Bill Bryson! Once upon a time, England was home of some civilized Celtic people who adopt Roman culture. But when Rome fell apart, the barbaric Angie and Saxon tribes manageded ..." Continua...
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Ha scritto il 03/07/09
Entertaining Stories About Language
Entertaining book on English and languages in general. Bryson is his characteristic self: amusing and informed.I marked this book down one star because I had the feeling that Bryson's facts were a bit dubious. I have since googled this and it seems ..."
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Ha scritto il 29/12/07
I adore Bill Bryson! Very fun to read, even for a veteran word lover.
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Ha scritto il 20/07/07
Good, but not great
I really enjoyed this book, an entertaining and humous look at the origins of the English language, its various dialects and the roles other languages have played in giving it such a diverse selection of words and spelilings. The reasons why ough ..."
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Ha scritto il Nov 16, 2010, 22:56
Volapük ... died with almost as much speed as it had arisen.
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Ha scritto il Nov 16, 2010, 22:53
the Italian schiacchenze, which is simply a literal rendering of the English shake hands.
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Ha scritto il Nov 16, 2010, 22:49
Spaniards, when they feel chilly, don a sueter.
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Ha scritto il Nov 16, 2010, 19:53
Italian women coat their faces with col-cream
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Ha scritto il Nov 13, 2010, 16:17
The word comes from the old French coronelle, which the French adapted from the Italian colonello
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