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Our magnificent bastard tongue : the untold history of English, John McWhorter

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Our magnificent bastard tongue : the untold history of English
Title
Our magnificent bastard tongue
Title remainder
the untold history of English
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John McWhorter
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
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, author McWhorter distills hundreds of years of lore into one lively history. Covering 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, and drawing on genetic and linguistic research as well as a cache of trivia about the origins of English words and syntax patterns, McWhorter ultimately demonstrates the arbitrary, maddening nature of English--and its ironic simplicity, due to its role as a streamlined lingua franca during the early formation of Britain. This is the book that language aficionados have been waiting for.--From publisher description
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McWhorter, John H
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
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  • English language
  • English language
  • English language
  • English language
  • Languages in contact
Label
Our magnificent bastard tongue : the untold history of English, John McWhorter
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 199-211) and index
Contents
We speak a miscegenated grammar -- A lesson from the Celtic impact -- We speak a battered grammar -- Does our grammar channel our thought? -- Skeletons in the closet
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
xxiii, 230 p.
Isbn
9781592403950
Lccn
2008020983
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn223800760
  • (OCoLC)223800760
Label
Our magnificent bastard tongue : the untold history of English, John McWhorter
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 199-211) and index
Contents
We speak a miscegenated grammar -- A lesson from the Celtic impact -- We speak a battered grammar -- Does our grammar channel our thought? -- Skeletons in the closet
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
xxiii, 230 p.
Isbn
9781592403950
Lccn
2008020983
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn223800760
  • (OCoLC)223800760

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