Real Boys' Voices by William S. Pollack, Todd Shuster
This fully updated new edition examines the close link between language and society and the many factors that influence the way we speak: gender, environment, age, race, and class. Trudgill explores questions such as:
• Why do men swear more often than women? • How do speech styles of most African Americans differ from those of white Americans? • Does it make sense to defend a language against "contamination" from foreign words and phrases?
Trudgill compellingly argues his case for the need to preserve varieties of language if we are to avoid the dangers of a culturally standardized world.
Author Biography: Peter Trudgill is professor of English linguistics at Fribourg, Switzerland. An author of many books and articles on sociolinguistics and dialectology, he has carried out linguistic fieldwork in most countries.
William S. Pollack, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist, is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, director of the Center for Men at McLean Hospital, and a founding member and fellow of the American Psycho-logical Association's Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity. He and his family live in Massachusetts.
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More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. Pollack gives some interesting thoughts on the problems that are plaguing today's boys.We liberated the girls. Maybe it's time to liberate the boys.
More than 1 year ago
It's awesome. What have we done to block out out the voices for real boys? We have stood by and not listened. We've tried to make them men before their time, we've turned our heads and said, 'Suck it up and be a real man.' Now, it's time to read, cry and get mad at ourselves but begin to see what we should have HEARD all alone - 'I am a little boy or I am a big boy - who is scared, happy, mad. Isn't it ok? Could you just listen to me?' Everyone counts but we need to let boys share their feelings and be counted too without feeling bad, sad or mad.