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Weeds in the Garden of Words: Further observations of the tangled histor y of the English language
     

Weeds in the Garden of Words: Further observations of the tangled histor y of the English language

by Burridge Kate
 
People who love English - the way words are used and put together to create meaning; the arcane rules and infuriating exceptions; the vital, living history of the way the language has changed through the centuries to create a richness and depth that exceeds that of many other languages - are often very passionate about how it is used and how it is changing and about

Overview

People who love English - the way words are used and put together to create meaning; the arcane rules and infuriating exceptions; the vital, living history of the way the language has changed through the centuries to create a richness and depth that exceeds that of many other languages - are often very passionate about how it is used and how it is changing and about all its little tricky eccentricities Weeds in the Garden of Words is the perfect book for people who love English. Professor Kate Burridge's book is approachable, entertaining and fun - designed to browse through and find oneself hooked by fascinating pieces on such topics as why verbs move to nouns and vice versa, why pronunciation may differ from place to place, why regionalisms develop and the creative way of slang and jargon. Weeds in the Garden of Words is filled with the joys of the eccentric, unruly, rich and complex language that is English.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780730496625
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/01/2011
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
File size:
267 KB

Meet the Author

Kate Burridge is a prominent Australian linguist who is currently the Professor of Linguistics in the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics at Monash University. She is a regular presenter of language segments on ABC Radio and appears weekly as a panelist on ABC TV's CAN WE HELP?

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