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Analysis Of Bill Bryson 's ' The Mother Tongue '

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Bill Bryson incorporates a variety of themes into the book “The Mother Tongue” such as the history of the English language, wordplay, and even cussing, in order to explain the English way and how it has transformed into the language it is today. This book was able to explore many facets of the language that most native speakers tend to dismiss because of the instinctive quality of most of what they say or write. Bryson’s book ultimately works to shed light on the English language as a whole and it is eye opening for both those who speak it, and those who do not. Overall, there are three overarching concepts that are discussed throughout the book that are repeatedly discussed within the pages, including: 1) the prevalence of English in the…show more content…
These companies are realizing that English is growing as a language not only of America, but of other areas of the world as well. Additionally, even if certain cultures or individuals don’t speak the English language, many people have adapted specific English words into their vocabulary or into their daily lives. For example, Bryson mentions that in Yugoslavia they have “STOP” signs, but the word “stop” does not actually exist in their language. Products made in other countries often have English words, or sayings that are meant to attract customers such as the Mr. Friendly Quality eraser from Japan that Bryson discusses, which states “ Mr. Friendly has arrived! He always stay near you, and steals in your mind to lead to a good situation” (180). Also, many countries that are not native in the English language tend to attempt to create pamphlets, signs, or brochures in “fine English,” however; these products end up being incomprehensible because these people aren’t familiar with the language. Instead, these publicists understand the widespread usage of English across multiple nations, so they are attempting to attract as many people as they can. Bryson took an excerpt of an Italian brochure that was written with “fine English,” but it said “The integrity and thus the vitality of Urbino is no chance, but a conservation due to the factors constituted in all probability by the approximate framework of the unity of country,” which English
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