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Say What?: The Weird and Mysterious Journey of the English Language

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More than a million words, weird spellings, words that are spelled the same but pronounced differently or vice versa. Where on Earth did the English language come from? The answer is that English isnt just the speech of one nation. Its the memory of thousands of years of history. It tracks the places people came from, the places they went, the adventures they had, the friends and enemies they made, the battles they won and lost.

As English changed and grew, it became a jumble of sounds, words, and rules from countless languages and nations. And its still changing and growing every day. More than seventy percent of all English words were born someplace other than England. Thats why English can be so confusing and inconsistent. And thats why English is the richest, most international, and most versatile language in the world.

This innovative book takes us on a journey through time to unravel and demystify the story of English. Word games, intriguing facts, and tricky quizzes add an element of fun while enriching readers knowledge and understanding.

About the Author

Gena K. Gorrell is not only a highly respected editor, but also an award-winning author of nonfiction for young people, including In the Land of the Jaguar: South America and It's People and Working Like a Dog: The Story of Working Dogs through History. Her books have won many honors, including the Norma Fleck Award for Nonfiction for Heart and Soul: The Story of Florence Nightingale. Gena K. Gorrell has also been a first-aid instructor and a volunteer officer in the Toronto Police Marine Unit. She lives in Toronto with her husband and dog.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780887768781
Author:
Gorrell, Gena Kinton
Publisher:
Tundra Books (NY)
Author:
Gorrell, Gena K.
Subject:
Language Arts - Vocabulary & Spelling
Subject:
Language Arts - General
Subject:
Children s-Reference English
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20090831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 5 up to 9
Language:
English
Pages:
152
Dimensions:
8.90x6.90x.50 in. .61 lbs.
Age Level:
10-14

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