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Word On The Street: Debunking The Myth Of A Pure Standard English
     

Word On The Street: Debunking The Myth Of A Pure Standard English

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by John Mcwhorter
 

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Though there is a contingent of linguists who fight the fact, our language is always changing--not only through slang, but sound, syntax, and words' meanings as well. Debunking the myth of "pure" standard English, tackling controversial positions, and eschewing politically correct arguments, linguist John McWhorter considers speech patterns and regional accents to

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Though there is a contingent of linguists who fight the fact, our language is always changing--not only through slang, but sound, syntax, and words' meanings as well. Debunking the myth of "pure" standard English, tackling controversial positions, and eschewing politically correct arguments, linguist John McWhorter considers speech patterns and regional accents to demonstrate just how the changes do occur. Wielding reason and humor, McWhorter ultimately explains why we must embrace these changes, ultimately revealing our American English in all its variety, expressiveness, and power.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786731473
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
03/06/2009
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
302
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

John McWhorter is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley. A specialist in pidgin and Creole languages, he lives in Oakland, California.

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