Word On The Street: Debunking The Myth Of A Pure Standard English
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.
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ISBN10: 0738204463 ISBN13: 9780738204468 eBook ISBN: 9780738204468
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Like continental drift and heliocentrism, these basic truths about language are
largescale phenomena that are barely perceptible within our daily experience.
They only become clear through comparisons, inductions, and trips into the past.
The simple aim of this book is to present these basic principles in accessible
fashion in order to help bridge the gap between linguists' perception of language
and the public's. The first section will outline our basic concepts. TTie second will
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In the first section of this enlightening book, McWhorter (linguistics, Berkeley) examines language as "a system that is at all times on its way to changing into a different one." Not only are new ... Read full review
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The Word on the Street: Debunking the Myth of "pure" Standard English
John H. McWhorter
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