Title The Mother Tongue: English And How It Got That Way.
Book Condition Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition.
Publisher William Morrow & Co., New York: 1990.
Seller ID 10573X1
Covers the entire history of language, from the first crude murmurings of Neanderthal man thirty thousand years ago to explosion of English as a global language in this century. We learn why island, freight, and colonel are spelled in such patently unphonetic ways, and why four has a u in it but forty does not. Includes an Index. "Bill Bryson has joyfully mined the rich ore of English to produce a treasure of a book about the treasure of our tongue." -- Richard Lederer, author of Crazy English
(Key Words: Languages, English Language, History of English Language, Bill Bryson, Noah Webster, Samuel Johnson, Linguistics).