×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Word on the Street: Debunking the Myth of a Pure Standard English
     

Word on the Street: Debunking the Myth of a Pure Standard English

4.0 3
by John Mcwhorter
 

See All Formats & Editions

ISBN-10: 0738204463

ISBN-13: 9780738204468

Pub. Date: 01/28/2001

Publisher: Basic Books

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738204468
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
01/28/2001
Pages:
302
Sales rank:
301,551
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews

Word on the Street: Debunking the Myth of a Pure Standard English 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago