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.
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