Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold Story of English

3.8 avg rating
( 5,937 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781592403950: Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold Story of English
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

A survey of the English language's usage mysteries considers the ways in which English developed and how it may reflect cultural values, in a reference that covers such topics as Celtic and Welsh influences, the origins of specific syntax patterns, and the role of language in forming early Britain. 25,000 first printing.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

John McWhorter is the author of The Power of Babel and numerous other acclaimed books, most recently All About the Beat: Why Hip-Hop CanÂ’t Save Black America (Gotham Books, 2008). A senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor to The New Republic, he has taught linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley and has been widely profiled in the media.

From Publishers Weekly:

This evolutionary history of the English language from author and editor McWhorter (The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language) isn't an easy read, but those fascinated by words and grammar will find it informative, provocative and even invigorating. McWhorter's history takes on some old mysteries and widely-believed theories, mounting a solid argument for the Celtic influence on English language that literary research has for years dismissed; he also patiently explains such drastic changes as the shift from Old English to Middle English (the differences between written and spoken language explain a lot). Those who have learned English as a second language will recognize McWhorter's assertion that "English really is easy(-ish) at first and hard later"; for that, he says, we can "blame... the Danish and Scandinavian" influence. McWhorter further proves his bona fides with deft analogies, like a comparison between the evolution of English and popping a wheelie on a bicycle; he also debunks, handily, the popular notion that "a language's grammar and the way its words pattern reflect aspects of its speakers' culture and the way they think." McWhorter's iconoclastic impulses and refreshing enthusiasm makes this worth a look for anyone with a love for the language.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9781592404940: Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold History of English

Featured Edition

ISBN 10: 1592404944 ISBN 13: 9781592404940
Publisher: Avery, 2009
Softcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

Stock Image

1.

McWhorter, John
Published by Gotham (2008)
ISBN 10: 1592403956 ISBN 13: 9781592403950
New Paperback Quantity available: 1
Seller:
Barnes & Nooyen Books
(Spring, TX, U.S.A.)

Book Description Gotham, 2008. Paperback. Condition: New. New Condition, Hardcover Book, Seller Inventory # 2103100047

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 43.91
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

2.

McWhorter, John
Published by Gotham (2008)
ISBN 10: 1592403956 ISBN 13: 9781592403950
New Softcover Quantity available: 1
Seller:
GlassFrogBooks
(Hawthorne, CA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Gotham, 2008. Condition: New. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in NEW condition. Seller Inventory # 1592403956-2-1

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 59.75
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

3.

John McWhorter
Published by Gotham (2008)
ISBN 10: 1592403956 ISBN 13: 9781592403950
New Hardcover Quantity available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(Richmond, TX, U.S.A.)

Book Description Gotham, 2008. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX1592403956

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 62.71
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

4.

McWhorter, John
Published by Gotham (2008)
ISBN 10: 1592403956 ISBN 13: 9781592403950
New Paperback Quantity available: 2
Seller:
Save With Sam
(North Miami, FL, U.S.A.)

Book Description Gotham, 2008. Paperback. Condition: New. Brand New!. Seller Inventory # VIB1592403956

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 64.26
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

5.

McWhorter, John
Published by Gotham (2008)
ISBN 10: 1592403956 ISBN 13: 9781592403950
New Softcover Quantity available: 1
Seller:
BennettBooksLtd
(San Diego, CA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Gotham, 2008. Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # Q-1592403956

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 68.47
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.95
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds