The Language Wars

The Language Wars

A History of Proper English

eBook - 2011 | First Picador edition.
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Examines modern debates about correct language use while exploring the roles of morality, politics, and class on historical style arguments, evaluating the input of key contributors while covering topics ranging from regional accents and slang to political correctness and e-communications.
Publisher: ©2011
New York :, Picador,, [2012, 2011]
Edition: First Picador edition.
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9781429995030
1429995033
Characteristics: 1 online resource (408 pages)
Contents: 'To boldly go'
The survival machine
The emergence of English
From Queen Elizabeth to John Locke
Hitting le jackpot
The rough magic of English spelling
The many advantages of a good language
'Bishop Lowth was a fool'
O my America, my new found land!
The long shadow of Lindley Murray
The pedigree of nations
Of fish-knives and fist-fucks
'Our blood, our language, our institutions'
Organizing the Victorian treasure-house
The warden of English
'Speak that I may see thee'
Talkin proper
The alphabet and the goddess
Modern life is rubbish
Unholy shit
'It's English-only here'
The comma flaps its wings
Flaunting the rules
Technology says 'whatever'
'Conquer English to make China strong'
What do we do with the flowing face of nature?
Such, such are the joys
Envoi.
Summary: Examines modern debates about correct language use while exploring the roles of morality, politics, and class on historical style arguments, evaluating the input of key contributors while covering topics ranging from regional accents and slang to political correctness and e-communications.

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