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Publisher Comments:

"What is it about our country and our society that our language has become so impoverished, so sloppy and so limited?" The Prince of Wales, 1989

"This is a good time to explore error in English usage. There is a lot of it about." Harry Blamires

"The subject matter of English Philology possesses a strange fascination for the man in the street, but almost everything he thinks and says about it is incredibly and hopelessly wrong." H. C. Wyld, 1921

Most of us have firm convictions about our language, as to what constitutes proper use and what is unacceptable abuse. As children we are taught a great deal about good and bad grammar, correct pronunciation and spelling, and the proper use of words. As adults we constantly encounter books, articles, and letters to newspapers opining about "proper English" and the sorry state of our language.

Yet many statements we believe to be true about language are likely as not false. Much of what we have learnt about language is misdirected; little of it is useful and some may be harmful. Myths and misunderstandings are plentiful. Much that passes for insight and informed comment is palpably wrong.

This books explores why it is we believe what we believe about language, and why we persist in handing down from generation to generation a rag bag collection of fact and fantasy about language. It offers a corrective to many of the unsupportable beliefs we hold about language in general and English in particular. It shows how these beliefs originated and offers suggestions for a more enlightened approach.

Synopsis:

This books explores why it is we believe what we believe about language, and why we persist in handing down from generation to generation a rag bag collection of fact and fantasy about language.

About the Author

Ronald Wardhaugh was until recently Professor of Linguistics at the University of Toronto. His many successful books include Understanding Grammar (1996) and Introduction to Sociolinguistics, Third Edition (1998), both published by Blackwell Publishers.

Table of Contents

Preface.

1. Wayward Words.

2. Language and Belief.

3. Our Untied Tongues.

4. Words in Order.

5. Not Knowing Your Grammar.

6. Some Consequences of Literacy.

7. Learning About English.

8. Future Perfect?.

Bibliography.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780631212690
Author:
Wardhaugh, Ronald
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Author:
Wardhaugh
Location:
Malden, MA :
Subject:
English language
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
Standardization
Subject:
English language -- Usage.
Subject:
English language -- Variation.
Subject:
Linguistics - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series:
Language Library
Series Volume:
13
Publication Date:
January 1999
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
212
Dimensions:
250 x 200 x 15 mm 10 oz

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Reference » Words Phrases and Language

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