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Mother Tongue
Bill Bryson

An entertaining novel about the origins of the English language. It covers the etymology of English words, dialects, spelling reform, prescriptive grammar and swearing among other topics. This book can be both helpful and entertaining when dealing with difficult grammar quirks in 11th or 12th grade.

Read as a whole or in excerpts, this novel touches on many aspects of the English language, such as the historical development which makes it suitable for interdisciplinary teaching (e.g. History class).

· · 1990

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Bryson, Bill. The Mother Tongue. William Morrow & Company, 1990. 279 pp., ISBN 9780380715435

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