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The language wars : a history of proper English, Henry Hitchings

Label
The language wars : a history of proper English
Title
The language wars
Title remainder
a history of proper English
Statement of responsibility
Henry Hitchings
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • The English language is a battlefield. Since the age of Shakespeare, arguments over correct usage have been bitter, and have always really been about contesting values--morality, politics, and class. The Language Wars examines the present state of the conflict, its history, and its future. Above all, it uses the past as a way of illuminating the present. Moving chronologically, the book explores the most persistent issues to do with English and unpacks the history of "proper" usage. Where did these ideas spring from? Who has been on the front lines in the language wars? The Language Wars examines grammar rules, regional accents, swearing, spelling, dictionaries, political correctness, and the role of electronic media in reshaping language. It also takes a look at such details as the split infinitive, elocution, and text messaging. Peopled with intriguing characters such as Jonathan Swift, Lewis Carroll, and Lenny Bruce, The Language Wars is an essential volume for anyone interested in the state of the English language today or its future
  • 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
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1974-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hitchings, Henry
Dewey number
420.9
Index
index present
LC call number
PE1075
LC item number
.H58 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • English language
  • English language
  • English language
  • English language
  • English language
Label
The language wars : a history of proper English, Henry Hitchings
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
706020989
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st American ed.
Extent
408 pages
Isbn
9780374183295
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011010701
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)706020989
Label
The language wars : a history of proper English, Henry Hitchings
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
706020989
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st American ed.
Extent
408 pages
Isbn
9780374183295
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011010701
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)706020989

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