The Mother Tongue Topics for Discussion

Bill Bryson
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Discuss the Great Vowel Shift and its effect on pronunciation in English.

Compare and contrast the three dictionary makers and how they went about organizing and developing their dictionaries.

What role did Shakespeare play in developing the English language, particularly relating to vocabulary?

What is the status of English as an international language? Will this continue or change?

Discuss the relationship between American and British English and how this reflects the social ideas of both countries.

How do the anthropological studies of human speech influence the reader's understanding of language?

Compare and contrast the various invasions of the British Isles and the effect that they had on the development of English?

Do you agree with Bryson that English is a language of the common people? Why or why not?

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