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Gift of the Gob: Morsels of English Language History
     

Gift of the Gob: Morsels of English Language History

by Burridge Kate
 
A book about the quirks of the English language from an Australian point of view, from popular author and ABC TV and Radio regular Kate Burridge. Morsels of English Language History . Why can we fall in love but not in hate? . What do codswallop and poppycock share? . Why not one house and two hice? . How come we scream blue murder, sing the blues and turn the

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A book about the quirks of the English language from an Australian point of view, from popular author and ABC TV and Radio regular Kate Burridge. Morsels of English Language History . Why can we fall in love but not in hate? . What do codswallop and poppycock share? . Why not one house and two hice? . How come we scream blue murder, sing the blues and turn the air blue? In GIFt OF tHE GOB Professor of Linguistics Kate Burridge explores our language and the everlasting tug-of-love that exists between 'proper' English and its wayward relation slang. She investigates the place where all that is 'wrong', 'bad' or 'sloppy' slips into everyday use, before becoming 'proper' in its turn! Join Kate on a fascinating journey through English language history, as she untangles words and their meanings, and unearths the centuries of spectacular changes that have transformed the very core of our language. Based on segments from ABC Local Radio and ABC tV's CAN WE HELP? this book has been inspired by the linguistic shenanigans of the general public. these mouth-filling morsels of English language history demonstrate the poetic ingenuity of common language, and celebrate its remarkable inventiveness.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780730445937
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/25/2011
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Kate Burridge is a prominent Australian linguist who is currently the Professor of Linguistics in the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics at Monash University. She is a regular presenter of language segments on ABC Radio and appears weekly as a panelist on ABC TV's CAN WE HELP?

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