Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue

A survey of the English language's usage mysteries considers the ways in which English developed and how it may reflect cultural values, in a reference that covers such topics as Celtic and Welsh influences, the origins of specific syntax ...

Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue

Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue

A survey of the English language's usage mysteries considers the ways in which English developed and how it may reflect cultural values, in a reference that covers such topics as Celtic and Welsh influences, the origins of specific syntax patterns, and the role of language in forming early Britain. 25,000 first printing.

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Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue
Language: un
Pages: 230
Authors: John McWhorter
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009 - Publisher: Penguin

A survey of the English language's usage mysteries considers the ways in which English developed and how it may reflect cultural values, in a reference that covers such topics as Celtic and Welsh influences, the origins of specific syntax patterns, and the role of language in forming early Britain. 25,000
Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue
Language: un
Pages: 256
Authors: John McWhorter
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2008-10-30 - Publisher: Penguin

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
Shakespeare Would Cry
Language: un
Pages: 44
Authors: Adam Anning
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-02 - Publisher: Lennex

In this book, we have hand-picked the most sophisticated, unanticipated, absorbing (if not at times crackpot!), original and musing book reviews of "Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold Story of English." Don't say we didn't warn you: these reviews are known to shock with their unconventionality or intimacy. Some may
Doing Our Own Thing
Language: un
Pages: 304
Authors: John McWhorter
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2004-09-09 - Publisher: Penguin

“McWhorter is a gifted young linguist who seeks to understand the change in our verbal habits rather than just bemoan it, and his analysis is insightful, richly documented and, yes, eloquently written.”—Steven Pinker, author of The Blank Slate and The Language Instinct In Doing Our Own Thing, critically acclaimed linguist
Words on the Move
Language: un
Pages: 288
Authors: John McWhorter
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-09-06 - Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

A bestselling linguist takes us on a lively tour of how the English language is evolving before our eyes -- and why we should embrace this transformation and not fight it Language is always changing -- but we tend not to like it. We understand that new words must be

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