Friday, April 11, 2008

More Stories of the English Language

WE TEND TO TAKE FOR GRANTED the words we use everyday whether in our reading or writing. The fact is, there is a story behind the everyday words we use.

Henry Hitching’s The Secret Life of Words: How English Became English (John Murray, 2008) celebrates the diversity of the English language. Those with a love of language should find this new book greatly entertaining and a fount of knowledge.

Suggested Reads
1. Bastard Tongues: A Trailblazing Linguist Finds Clues to Our Common Humanity in the World’s Lowliest Language (Hill & Wang, 2008) / Derek Bickerton
2. Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain (Icon Books, 2008) / Maryanne Wolf


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