Amglish, in Like, Ten Easy Lessons: A Celebration of the New World Lingo [NOOK Book]

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One of the world's leading linguists recently wrote: "We may be seeing the birth of a new language as yet without a name." He was referencing the new informal mixture of English and other languages being freely formed around the world, with little effort to conform to prescribed rules of grammar, syntax, or spelling.

Amglish in, Like, Ten Easy Lessons: A Celebration of the New World Lingo, by Arthur Rowse with illustrations by John Doherty, ...
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Overview

One of the world's leading linguists recently wrote: "We may be seeing the birth of a new language as yet without a name." He was referencing the new informal mixture of English and other languages being freely formed around the world, with little effort to conform to prescribed rules of grammar, syntax, or spelling.

Amglish in, Like, Ten Easy Lessons: A Celebration of the New World Lingo, by Arthur Rowse with illustrations by John Doherty, offers both a name for this new language and an enjoyable guide on how one can learn to use the language through ten easy "lessons." The authors describe how Amglish, or American English influenced by online grammar and syntax, has begun to dominate our global language.

Featuring an ironic manual on how to use this developing language, Amglish is a light and highly entertaining addition to the recent literature on grammar and punctuation. Illustrated with original drawings throughout, the book shows readers how to improve their Amglish and have fun doing so.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this hysterically funny and well-researched book, Rowse (Drive-By Journalism) tracks the evolution of American English influenced by online grammar and syntax, which he calls "Amglish." Drawing from numerous sources, Rowse challenges critics who cling to traditional ways of teaching, writing, and speaking English, especially given the influence of "texting" language, Internet vernacular, and the aggressive global reach of the language itself.The rules of formal grammar have gone out the window and new words—typically portmanteaus and neologisms, like Sarah Palin's much-blogged "refudiate"—appear every day.Rowse suggests that there's nothing we can (or should) do to change this new English, and positions himself as an observer who savors the opportunities provided by American English on its rise to global dominance. He pokes gentle fun at figures notorious for their poor use of the language and gleefully explores different mash-up languages (Singlish, Spanglish) that have been spawned from American influence. Readers curious about linguistic evolution, or even those who just want a light-hearted look at modern slang, would do well to pick up this book. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442211681
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/16/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 236
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

Arthur E. Rowse is a retired journalist, formerly with The Washington Post, USNews, and other papers. He is the author, most recently, of Drive-By Journalism: The Assault on Your Need to Know. The National Press Club runs an annual award program in his name for excellence in criticism of the news media. He has been an award-winning free-lance writer since retirement and has spent five years researching language.
John Doherty is a professional caricaturist living in the Boston area. He has drawn senators and other public figures over his thirty-year career, and his work can be found in print and in advertisements.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Made in the USA
Chapter 2 Teachers and Other Pioneers
Chapter 3 The New World Lingo
Chapter 4 From Revolution to Tsunami
Chapter 5 The Lishes of Amglish
Chapter 6 Ten Easy Lessons
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