The Mother Tongue - Chapter 3 Global Language Summary & Analysis

Bill Bryson
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Chapter 3 Global Language Summary and Analysis

Bryson considers the nature of language and comments on the elements that English lacks but which other languages have, as well as the elements lacking in other languages that are present in English. In addition to these linguistic differences, many cultural differences exist in the physical communication strategies available, such as proximity between speakers, hand gestures, and facial expressions.

Languages change over time, and often die out as the group of native speakers dies out or switches over to languages that are more popular. The English language has changed considerably to the point that modern and historical versions of English are often not mutually intelligible. In addition, many languages go beyond national borders, creating language areas rather than countries. Many languages overlap geographically or are used for different activities by the same group. These language issues are...

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