Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold History of English

Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold History of English

John McWhorter

A survey of the quirks and quandaries of the English language, targeting our unusual and beautiful grammar

Why will we say “I am examining a catalog” rather than “I learn a catalog”? Why can we say “do” in any respect? Is the best way we communicate a mirrored image of our cultural values? Delving into those provocative subject matters and more, Our superb Bastard Language distills hundreds and hundreds of years of interesting lore into one energetic history.

Covering such turning issues because the little-known Celtic and Welsh impacts on English, the effect of the Viking raids and the Norman Conquest, and the Germanic invasions that begun all of it through the 5th century advert, John McWhorter narrates this colourful evolution with energy. Drawing on innovative genetic and linguistic examine in addition to a cache of outstanding trivialities in regards to the origins of English phrases and syntax patterns, Our impressive Bastard Tongue ultimately demonstrates the arbitrary, maddening nature of English— and its ironic simplicity because of its function as a streamlined lingua franca through the early formation of england. this is often the ebook that language aficionados world wide were expecting (and no, it’s no longer a sin to finish a sentence with a preposition).

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