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Word on the Street: Debunking the Myth of a 'Pure' Standard English

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Though there is a contingent of linguists who fight the fact, our language is always changing--not only through slang, but sound, syntax, and words' meanings as well. Debunking the myth of "pure" standard English, tackling controversial positions, and eschewing politically correct arguments, linguist John McWhorter considers speech patterns and regional accents to demonstrate just how the changes do occur. Wielding reason and humor, McWhorter ultimately explains why we must embrace these changes, ultimately revealing our American English in all its variety, expressiveness, and power.

Synopsis:

A barbed rebuttal to the conservative view that popular culture is destroying the English language.

About the Author

John McWhorter is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley. A specialist in pidgin and Creole languages, he lives in Oakland, California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780738204468
Author:
McWhorter, John
Publisher:
Basic Books (AZ)
Author:
McWhorter, John H.
Author:
McWhorter, John
Location:
Cambridge, Mass.
Subject:
General
Subject:
English language
Subject:
Afro-americans
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
Americanisms
Subject:
Sociolinguistics
Subject:
Language and culture
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Black english
Subject:
English language -- Social aspects.
Subject:
Linguistics - General
Subject:
General-General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
book four
Publication Date:
20010131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
302
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 15 oz

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