Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue

The Untold History of English

by John McWhorter

Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue

Hardcover, 230 pages, Penguin Group USA, List Price: $22.50 | purchase

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The Untold History of English
John McWhorter

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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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