Observations on the Roots, Cultivation and Hybrids of the English Language
By (author) Kate Burridge
Blooming English by Kate Burridge
Book DescriptionEnglish is the most creative, changeable and imaginative of languages. Some words are invented to meet temporary needs and are quickly discarded; others carry meanings hundreds of years old. Language fascinates us, and we spend a lot of time playing with it, concocting everything from puns, riddles and secret languages to wonderful prose and poetry. We also worry about it a great deal, looking up and checking words in dictionaries and usage guides, occasionally arguing about definitions. This book celebrates our capacity to play with language, as well as examining the ways we use it: in slang and jargon, swearing, speaking the unspeakable, or concealing unpleasant or inconvenient facts. It is a book for browsing, for finding beguiling snippets about language, history and social customs, and a formidable weapon in word games.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521548328
(216mm x 138mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 27-May-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Kate Burridge
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Honours life & career of Professor Allan, also commemorating the occasion of his 70th birthday. Brings together top-level researchers in linguistics -- colleagues, collaborators & former students, who have all been inspired by Keith's work in some way. Burridge at Monash.
Gift of the Gob, Paperback (March 2010)» View all books by Kate Burridge
Why can we fall in love but not in hate? What do codswallop and poppycock share? Why not one house and two hice? How come we scream blue murder, sing the blues and turn the air blue? In Gift of the Gob Kate Burridge explores our language and the everlasting tug-of-love that exists between 'proper' English and its wayward relation: slang.
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Author Biography - Kate Burridge
Kate Burridge is Professor of Linguistics at Monash University. She is well known for her broadcasts on ABC Radio's Soundback.
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