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Language Myths and the History of English / Edition 2

Language Myths and the History of English / Edition 2

by Richard J. Watts, Andrew Ford


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ISBN-13: 9780195327618
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 02/09/2011
Series: Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Richard J. Watts is Emeritus Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Bern.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Metaphors, myths, ideologies and archives
Chapter 2: Establishing a linguistic pedigree
Chapter 3: Breaking the unbroken tradition
Chapter 4: The construction of a modern myth: Middle English as a creole
Chapter 5: Barbarians and others
Chapter 6: The myth of "greatness"
Chapter 7: Reinterpreting Swift's A Proposal for Correcting, Improving and Ascertaining the English Tongue: Challenging an embryonic modern myth
Chapter 8: Polishing the myths: The commercial side of politeness
Chapter 9: Challenging the hegemony of standard English
Chapter 10: Transforming a myth to save an archive: When polite becomes educated
Chapter 11: Commodifying English and constructing a new myth
Chapter 12: Myths, ideologies of English and the funnel view of the history of English

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