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The Mother Tongue

English And How It Got That Way

By Bill Bryson
12-minute read
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The Mother Tongue: English And How It Got That Way by Bill Bryson

The Mother Tongue (1990) provides a unique and personal look at the history of the English language. You’ll learn how, thanks to its flexibility and adaptability, English has endured and flourished, despite centuries of invasions, uprisings and censorship.

  • Historians
  • Linguists
  • Word lovers

Bill Bryson, a prolific and witty author, has written over 20 books on travel and language, including the bestseller, A Short History of Nearly Everything.

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