Talking Proper: The Rise of Accent As Social Symbol / Edition 2

Talking Proper: The Rise of Accent As Social Symbol / Edition 2

by Lynda Mugglestone
     
 

Talking Proper is a history of the rise and fall of the English accent as a badge of cultural, social, and class identity. Lynda Mugglestone traces the origins of the phenomenon in late eighteenth-century London, follows its history through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and charts its downfall during the era of New Labor. This is a witty, readable account

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Talking Proper is a history of the rise and fall of the English accent as a badge of cultural, social, and class identity. Lynda Mugglestone traces the origins of the phenomenon in late eighteenth-century London, follows its history through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and charts its downfall during the era of New Labor. This is a witty, readable account of a fascinating subject, liberally spiced with quotations from English speech and writing over the past 250 years.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199250615
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
04/10/2003
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. The Rise of a Standard
2. Accent as Social Symbol
3. The Practice of Prescription
4. /h/ and Other Symbols of the Social Divide
5. Ladylike Accents and the Feminine Proprieties of Speech
6. Literature and the Literate Speaker
7. Educating Accents
8. The Rise (and Fall ?) of RP
Index

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