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Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold History of English John McWhorter

Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold History of English

John McWhorter

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ISBN : 9780594039518
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256 pages
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Over the centuries, linguist John McWhorter (The Power of Babel) tells us, the English language has evolved in quirky ways. In fact, as he demonstrates convincingly, our magnificent bastard tongue has absorbed an onerous number of the grammaticalMoreOver the centuries, linguist John McWhorter (The Power of Babel) tells us, the English language has evolved in quirky ways. In fact, as he demonstrates convincingly, our magnificent bastard tongue has absorbed an onerous number of the grammatical equivalents of vestigial organs. Without a hint of dry pedantry, he escorts readers on a brisk Cooks tour of Englishs knotty origins and strange permutations.