Our magnificent bastard tongue : the untold history of English

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Tác giả: John H McWhorter

Ngôn ngữ: eng

ISBN-10: 1592403956

ISBN-13: 978-1592403950

Ký hiệu phân loại: 420.9 English and Old English (Anglo-Saxon)

Thông tin xuất bản: New York : Gotham Books, 2008

Mô tả vật lý: xxiii, 230 p. ; , 20 cm.

Bộ sưu tập: Ngôn ngữ

ID: 94779

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.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 199-211) and index.
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