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Our magnificent bastard tongue the untold history of English

John H. McWhorter

Our magnificent bastard tongue the untold history of English

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Published by Gotham Books in New York .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • English language -- History,
  • English language -- Etymology,
  • English language -- Foreign elements,
  • English language -- Foreign words and phrases,
  • Languages in contact

  • Edition Notes

    Includes bibliographical references.

    StatementJohn McWhorter.
    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsPE1075 .M597 2008
    The Physical Object
    Paginationp. cm.
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL16871461M
    ISBN 109781592403950
    LC Control Number2008020983


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