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YOU KNOW THAT ENGLISH IS INTERESTING TOO, RIGHT?


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INVENTING ENGLISH
BY SETH LEHRER

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The complete story of the English language told briskly, but in wonderful detail.


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THE MOTHER TONGUE
BY BILL BRYSON

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A more irreverent look at the history and eccentricities of English.


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WORD ON THE STREET: DEBUNKING THE MYTH OF A “PURE” STANDARD ENGLISH
BY JOHN MCWHORTER

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Just what the title says. Funny, fascinating, and challenging.


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RIGHTING THE MOTHER TONGUE
BY DAVID WOLMAN

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A tour through the history of spelling and spelling reform.


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HOW WE TALK: AMERICAN REGIONAL ENGLISH TODAY
BY ALLAN METCALF

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“A talking tour of American English, region by region.”


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HOW LANGUAGE WORKS
BY DAVID CRYSTAL

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“How babies babble, words change meaning, and languages live or die.”


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THE LANGUAGE INSTINCT
BY STEVEN PINKER

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This classic looks at the way language is encoded in the brain, from their deep structures to the effects of environment. It gets more challenging than the rest of these books, but answers the question: How do humans acquire language?


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AUDIO SERIES: THE HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
PRODUCED BY THE GREAT COURSES
BY SETH LEHRER

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36 audio lectures covering the vast scope of the history of the English language.


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AUDIO SERIES: THE STORY OF HUMAN LANGUAGE
PRODUCED BY THE GREAT COURSES
BY JOHN MCWHORTER

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36 audio lectures that look at the history of English through the lens of how human languages function globally. Note from Alek: This is one of my favorite things on the planet we currently live on.


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PODCAST: HISTORY OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE
HOSTED BY KEVIN STROUD

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An ongoing series of podcasts covering the history of the English language from every angle.