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5.0 out of 5 stars Bryson makes me proud to be an Anglophone, 3 Aug. 2001
This review is from: Mother Tongue: The English Language (Paperback)
While browsing in the linguistics section at a London bookshop, I came across this book. I had never heard of Bryson before, but the description on the back sounded so interesting, I bought it. Having just finished the book, I can only wonder how I managed to miss this guy's stuff all my life. This book is a fascinating journey through the history of English, the varieties of English in the world, spelling, pronunciation, and more. Bryson's style is fresh, funny, irreverent, and absorbing. I feel like I have found someone who loves nuance in language as much as I do, and is spot on when it comes to examining exactly the subtleties that get me fired up. Highly recommended to Anglophones interested in learning more about the language we call our own.
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Initial post: 15 Mar 2013 10:36:03 GMT
Instead of "proud", why not just "grateful"?

Posted on 17 Mar 2013 01:51:08 GMT
I'm sad to see that someone believed all the absolute rubbish in this book It's a dangerous heap of misinformation, not something from which one can learn any actual facts about any of the languages mentioned.
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