Summary of Bill Bryson's The Mother Tongue

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Pages : 35 pages
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Download or read book Summary of Bill Bryson's The Mother Tongue written by Everest Media, and published by Everest Media LLC. This book was released on 2022-05-26T22:59:00Z with total page 35 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 The English language is full of traps for the unwary foreigner. Any language where the unassuming word fly signifies an annoying insect, a means of travel, and a critical part of a gentleman’s apparel is asking to be mangled. #2 The world is expropriating words and phrases at a rapid rate, and English has become the most global of languages. For non-English speakers, English has become the common tongue. #3 The English language has a rich vocabulary that allows speakers to distinguish between different shades of meaning. Other languages, however, have words that allow them to differentiate between things that leak into and things that leak out of something. #4 English has a reputation for being an extremely flexible language. It is able to extract maximum work from a word by making it do double duty as both a noun and a verb.

Quicklet on Bill Bryson's The Mother Tongue - English And How It Got That Way

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ISBN : 1614641218
Pages : 26 pages
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Download or read book Quicklet on Bill Bryson's The Mother Tongue - English And How It Got That Way written by Devon Smith and published by Hyperink Inc. This book was released on 2012-02-24 with total page 26 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: ABOUT THE BOOK In Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way, Bill Bryson guides us through the complicated history of the English language to figure out why it is the way it is. It’s an interesting journey, part thesis and part pop science, that explains the most significant events in the development of the English language with lots of useful tidbits along the way. English started gaining dominance as a global language during the 20th century with the rise of American supremacy. Mother Tongue was published in 1991, in the midst of the fall of Communism when America became the undisputed victor of the Cold War and, some would say, of the world. Since that time, English has surpassed all other languages as the global lingua franca, not only in the business and commerce sector, but in science, technology, diplomacy, and tourism as well. MEET THE AUTHOR Devon Smith was a software developer, university instructor, belly dancer, and researcher before turning to professional writing. She currently lives in Turkey. Someday she will put something interesting on this website: devonwashere.blogspot.com EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK Bryson then talks about the rapid evolution of English through the times of Chaucer, during which the language was greatly simplified, and Shakespeare, who was perhaps the single most innovative wordsmith in the history of the language. One particular maddening discussion is the one about English spelling and orthography, or writing (“Spelling”). One of the major ideas here is that when English adopts words from foreign languages (which it does frequently), it often preserves the original spelling, which may or may not obey the spelling rules of native English words. Buy a copy to keep reading!

Mother Tongue

Publisher : Penguin Books Limited
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ISBN : 9780141040080
Pages : 269 pages
Rating Book: 4.4/5 (4 users)

Download or read book Mother Tongue written by Bill Bryson and published by Penguin Books Limited. This book was released on 2009 with total page 269 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The author of the acclaimed The Lost Continent now steers us through the quirks and byways of the English language. We learn why island, freight, and colonel are spelled in such unphonetic ways, why four has a u in it but forty doesn't, plus bizarre and enlightening facts about some of the patriarchs of this peculiar language.

The Mother Tongue

Publisher : HarperCollins
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ISBN : 0062417444
Pages : 320 pages
Rating Book: 4.6/5 (62 users)

Download or read book The Mother Tongue written by Bill Bryson and published by HarperCollins. This book was released on 2015-06-02 with total page 320 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: “Vastly informative and vastly entertaining…A scholarly and fascinating book.” —Los Angeles Times With dazzling wit and astonishing insight, Bill Bryson explores the remarkable history, eccentricities, resilience and sheer fun of the English language. From the first descent of the larynx into the throat (why you can talk but your dog can’t), to the fine lost art of swearing, Bryson tells the fascinating, often uproarious story of an inadequate, second-rate tongue of peasants that developed into one of the world’s largest growth industries.

Eine kurze Geschichte von fast allem

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ISBN : 9783877630365
Pages : 669 pages
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Download or read book Eine kurze Geschichte von fast allem written by Bill Bryson and published by . This book was released on 2007 with total page 669 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:

Summary and Analysis of The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary

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ISBN : 1504044231
Pages : 30 pages
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Download or read book Summary and Analysis of The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary written by Worth Books and published by Open Road Media. This book was released on 2017-03-07 with total page 30 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: So much to read, so little time? This brief overview of The Professor and the Madman tells you what you need to know—before or after you read Simon Winchester’s book. Crafted and edited with care, Worth Books set the standard for quality and give you the tools you need to be a well-informed reader. This short summary and analysis of The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester includes: Historical context Chapter-by-chapter summaries Detailed timeline of key events Important quotes Fascinating trivia Supporting material to enhance your understanding of the original work About The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester: Simon Winchester’s The Professor and the Madman is the remarkable tale of two Victorian-era scholars, the English language, and the making of the Oxford English Dictionary. Recounting the unlikely bond between a criminally insane American Civil War veteran and the renowned Scottish editor of the OED, the enchanting story of their relationship illuminates the decades of the dictionary’s compilation—from A to Z. Wittily eloquent and historically incisive, The Professor and the Madman is the portrait of a friendship and, by extension, of the greatest dictionary ever created in the English language. The summary and analysis in this ebook are intended to complement your reading experience and bring you closer to a great work of nonfiction.

The Nuts and Bolts of College Writing

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ISBN : 1624669204
Pages : 160 pages
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Download or read book The Nuts and Bolts of College Writing written by Michael Harvey and published by Hackett Publishing. This book was released on 2020-08-14 with total page 160 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Updated for the needs of today's students—and with handy citation style guides adapted from The Chicago Manual of Style, Seventeenth Edition, the MLA Handbook, Eighth Edition, and the Publication Manual of the APA , Seventh Edition—the third edition of The Nuts and Bolt of College Writing offers essential guidance for college writers at all levels. Praise for previous editions: "This wonderful little book has helped improve the level of writing in all the courses I teach. No one should graduate from college without having used it." —Gonzalo Munevar, Lawrence Technological University "With concision and wit, Harvey shows college students how to write papers that are clear, cogent, and also stylish." —James Miller, editor, Dædalus "Simply the best guide to clear and effective writing since Strunk and White. Indispensable for students—and for their teachers." —Terry Nardin, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

The Nuts and Bolts of College Writing (2nd Edition)

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ISBN : 1603848983
Pages : 127 pages
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Download or read book The Nuts and Bolts of College Writing (2nd Edition) written by Michael Harvey and published by Hackett Publishing. This book was released on 2013-06-01 with total page 127 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This worthy successor to Strunk and White* now features an expanded style guide covering a wider range of citation cases, complete with up-to-date formats for Chicago, MLA, and APA styles.

Quicklet on Bill Bryson's Made in America: An Informal History of the English Language in the United States

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ISBN : 161464120X
Pages : 18 pages
Rating Book: 4.1/5 (614 users)

Download or read book Quicklet on Bill Bryson's Made in America: An Informal History of the English Language in the United States written by Megan Yarnall and published by Hyperink Inc. This book was released on 2012-02-29 with total page 18 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: ABOUT THE BOOK Made in America is Bill Bryson’s account of America’s history through linguistic development - and linguistic development through history. His account of America’s birth and growth demonstrates the timeline of Americanisms, American phrases, and the melting pot that made American English distinctive among dialects. Bryson also explores regional dialects and how they came to exist via immigration and dispersion across the country. Published in 1998 by Black Swan, Made in America incidentally showcases the path of American culture as it catalogues history and language. History, language, and culture are all wrapped into one because they are so tightly connected to each other, and Bryson can’t avoid giving an account of all three as he gives an account of language. Made in America begins with the Mayflower voyage and travels all the way to present day modern America, accounting for the totality of America’s timeline. Every chapter consists of a historical account of America during a specific time period, and then moves into the familiar language of that day, from where the phrases came, and how they survive in modern day English after evolving from their roots. MEET THE AUTHOR Megan Yarnall is a publicist and writer from Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She studied English, creative writing, and Italian at Dickinson College, and wrote her thesis on the connections between humans, their bodies, and language. She graduated in 2010 after spending four years organizing all of her college’s concerts. Megan has lived abroad in Italy and loves studying foreign language, linguistics, and writing. EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK The invention of the airplane and then commercial flying gave rise to the word stewardess and then jet lag as well as jumbo jet. The 1950s saw the start of technological innovation, and it seemed that invention was the driving force behind linguistic development and the introduction of new terms than were immigration, cultural differences or America’s melting pot. Language reflects culture and history because culture and history are its roots. At one time, America’s culture was based on immigration and the integration of a variety of cultures on one land, and that fueled linguistic development. When America as a country transitioned into modern times and became more based on a single American identity and technology, the new identity and tech space began to fuel our language with developments such as laptop, hacker, and software. Additionally, as we become more accepting as a culture, our language becomes more accepting and relaxed as we cringe less at racial slurs - or at least openly discuss them - and our movements (such as the feminist movement) start to bleed through our communication. For example, the word femstruate instead of menstruate hasn’t stuck around, and similarly other neologisms, because they’ve been used only by extremists and not in popular culture. Regardless, language changes and fluctuates with our trends, and can be a trusty source of what is going on - even dating back to the Mayflower... Buy a copy to keep reading!

Watching Cricket on the Radio

Publisher : New Generation Publishing
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ISBN : 1785073230
Pages : 180 pages
Rating Book: 4.8/5 (785 users)

Download or read book Watching Cricket on the Radio written by Dr. Dan Diaper and published by New Generation Publishing. This book was released on 2015-03-20 with total page 180 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A funnily serious book for intelligent cricket lovers. In 27 chapters Watching Cricket on the Radio challenges orthodoxy and stimulates sensible thinking about "e;the great game"e;. Satire and science, and idle thoughts in intervals, sparks cricket devotee Dr. Dan's speculations: Red or white ball, why follow cricket at all?Anyway, what is 'Good Cricket'?Could cricket coverage be improved?Why prefer radio to television commentary?Current and future technologies, for better or worse?Heuristics galore, how better to judge a match?Better than a hat trick, what do you call it?What of cricketing chimpanzees or a cloned cricketer?Join the English gentleman and X-Professor of Systems Science and Engineering's enjoyment of all cricket. Relive with him a hilarious commentary at Lord's and other matches he watched on the radio.

Troublesome Words

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ISBN : 9780141040394
Pages : 241 pages
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Download or read book Troublesome Words written by Bill Bryson and published by Penguin Books. This book was released on 2009 with total page 241 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Should you ever split an infinitive? What's the difference between aiding and abetting? The English language is a minefield of difficulty. In this new edition of his book, Bill Bryson discusses the problems and offers advice on usage.

Readings for Writers (w/ APA7E & MLA9E Updates)

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ISBN : 1337905615
Pages : 761 pages
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Download or read book Readings for Writers (w/ APA7E & MLA9E Updates) written by Jo Ray McCuen-Metherell and published by Cengage Learning. This book was released on 2018-12-17 with total page 761 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: From helping you find your voice to guiding you on the latest MLA and APA documentation guidelines, READINGS FOR WRITERS is designed to help you become a more successful writer. Throughout the text, the authors offer helpful commentary, practical tips and suggestions, real student essays, and other writing tools that you can use for any assignment. But even more importantly, they present over 60 readings from a variety of genres and authors that will inspire and inform your writing as you learn what good writing is, and how to create it on your own. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Bill Bryson

Publisher : Marshall Cavendish
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ISBN : 9780761441205
Pages : 132 pages
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Download or read book Bill Bryson written by Scott P. Richert and published by Marshall Cavendish. This book was released on 2011 with total page 132 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: "A biography of writer Bill Bryson that describes his era, major works, and life"--Provided by publisher.

Quicklet on Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything (CliffNotes-like Summary)

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ISBN : 1614640610
Pages : 26 pages
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Download or read book Quicklet on Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything (CliffNotes-like Summary) written by Nicole Cipri and published by Hyperink Inc. This book was released on 2012-02-24 with total page 26 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: ABOUT THE BOOK In his introduction to A Short History of Nearly Everything, author Bill Bryson describes a childhood experience common to many of us: a brief infatuation with science, with all its potential and possibility. For Bryson, it was inspired by a textbook’s cut-away illustration of the interior strata of the Earth, with the molten core at the center. For myself, it was a children’s biography of Jacques Cousteau. Excited by the nearly endless prospects of science, the questions that could finally satisfy a child’s curiosity, we both reached for more books, and found our budding passions firmly squashed by an impenetrable wall of unfathomable writing. As Bryson writes in his introduction, “there seemed to be a mystifying universal conspiracy among textbook authors to make certain the material they dealt with never strayed too near the realm of the mildly interesting.” Bryson wrote A Short History of Nearly Everything as an antidote to the dry-as-dust science tomes that weigh down students’ backpacks. It is a layman’s love song to science, to its strange history and stranger characters. Published in 2003, it has been become a popular addition to the popular science genre. MEET THE AUTHOR Nicole Cipri is a restless wanderer and passionate writer. A graduate of the Evergreen State School in Olympia, WA, Nicole has since written about such varied topics as modern urban farming, the role of glitterbombing as political theater, and the economic impacts of natural disasters. You can follow her adventures on Twitter, @nicolecipri. EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK Drama abounded in the 19th century. After the discovery of the first dinosaur fossil in 1784, and with subsequent uncovering of massive bones that belonged to other extinct species, there was an uncomfortable public debate concerning extinctions. Why, after all, would an omniscient God create species of animals only to casually wipe them out? Throughout history, the sciences have routinely butted heads with the Church, a trend that continues today. From geology and paleontology, Bryson moves to chemistry. With its origins in the enigmatic studies of alchemy, chemistry evolved along its own strange path. Bryson tells one exemplifying story, in which an amateur alchemist became convinced the he could distill gold from human urine. “The similarity of color,” Bryson explains, “seems to have been a factor in his conclusion.” In an attempt to prove his hypothesis, the man collected fifty buckets of human urine, which he kept in his cellar. After a few months, the man noted, the substance in the buckets began to glow or explode into flames when exposed to air. He had failed in distilling gold from urine, but he had succeeded in creating phosphorous. Buy a copy to keep reading!

The English Languages

Publisher : Cambridge University Press
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ISBN : 9780521485821
Pages : 247 pages
Rating Book: 4.8/5 (485 users)

Download or read book The English Languages written by Tom McArthur and published by Cambridge University Press. This book was released on 1998-03-05 with total page 247 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Plural? Monolithic? Legion? - Tom McArthur explores the nature of English in its local and global contexts.

The German Puzzle

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ISBN : 9781453570524
Pages : 333 pages
Rating Book: 4.7/5 (57 users)

Download or read book The German Puzzle written by Paul Drexler and published by Xlibris Corporation. This book was released on 2010-09-23 with total page 333 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: More Americans claim ancestry from Germany than from any other nation. We speak a Germanic language, and from fairy tales to Freud, were surrounded by German influences. Yet America has lost touch with its German heritage. We simply cant fathom how the land of Beethoven and Goethe could have been responsible for WW II and the Holocaust. In The German Puzzle the author recounts his own journey of rediscovery. Drawing on a unique mix of personal and family experienceranging from schoolyard fisticuffs to the exuberance of the New Berlinhe offers us a fresh perspective on the German world, and how it shaped America.

Readings for Writers

Publisher : Cengage Learning
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ISBN : 1305537289
Pages : 560 pages
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Download or read book Readings for Writers written by Jo Ray McCuen-Metherell and published by Cengage Learning. This book was released on 2015-01-02 with total page 560 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: READINGS FOR WRITERS is the preeminent rhetorical reader for the freshman composition course. This bestseller continues its tradition of providing comprehensive coverage of the writing and research process, while also offering a wide variety of appealing readings. With more than 70 selections from a broad range of topics and genres, this text offers something to spark excitement in any writer. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.