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Fixing English: Prescriptivism and Language History

Fixing English: Prescriptivism and Language History

by Anne Curzan
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ISBN-13: 9781107020757
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 05/08/2014
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

Anne Curzan is Professor of English in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan.

Table of Contents

Introduction: does prescriptivism fail?; 1. Prescriptivism's umbrella: standards, style, restoration, and political intervention; 2. Prescriptivism's lessons: scope and 'The history of English'; 3. Checking grammar and grammar checkers; 4. Dictionaries and the idea of 'real words'; 5. Non-sexist language reform and its effects; 6. Reappropriation and challenges to institutionalized prescriptivism; 7. Finding shared ground: public conversations about prescriptivism.

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