The Prodigal Tongue: The Love-Hate Relationship Between American and British English

The Prodigal Tongue: The Love-Hate Relationship Between American and British English

by Lynne Murphy


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ISBN-13: 9780143131106
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/10/2018
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 10,627
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Lynne Murphy is a professor of linguistics at the University of Sussex. Born and raised in New York State, she studied linguistics at the Universities of Massachusetts and Illinois, before starting her academic career in South Africa and Texas. Since 2000, she has lived in Brighton, England.

Pam Ward has performed in dinner theater, summer stock, and Off-Broadway, as well as in commercials, radio, and film. An experienced narrator, Pam has recorded many titles for the Library of Congress Talking Books program. She is the recipient of an AudioFile Earphones Award and the prestigious Alexander Scourby Award.

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Table of Contents

1 The Queen's English, Corrupted 1

2 The Wrong End of the Bumbershoot: Stereotypes and Getting Things Wrong 28

3 Separated by a Common Language? 63

4 America: Saving the English Language Since 1607 96

5 More American, More Ænglisc? 127

6 Logical Nonsense 159

7 Lost in Translation 191

8 The Standard Bearers 227

9 The Prognosis 261

10 Beyond Britain and America 289

Notes 299

References 331

The Quizzes 345

Quiz Answers 347

Acknowledgments 351

Index 353

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