Conflict and Change in the History of English
By (author) Tim William Machan
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Language Anxiety by Tim William Machan
Book DescriptionThis book looks at the ever-present anxieties associated with language change. Focusing on English from Alfred the Great to the present, Tim Machan offers a fresh perspective on the history of language. He reveals amusing and sometimes disconcerting aspects of our linguistic and social behavior and suggests that anxiety about language has sometimes allowed us to avoid the issues we really find disturbing: when speakers of English worry over grammar, sounds, or words the real source of their anxiety is often not language at all but issues like immigration or social instability. Drawing on an array of evidence from archives, literature, history, polemics, and the press, as well as centuries of legislation, Tim Machan uncovers the perennial nature of concerns about the poverty and purity of English. There has never been a time, he shows, when we weren't worried about the corruption of language and its apparent connections with educational standards, the morality of youth, the integrity of society, and the identity of our nations. This is a fascinating story, told here in consummate fashion, combining insight and anecdote, and learning with wit - a book for everyone interested in languages and the people who speak them.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199232123
(241mm x 162mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 29-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Tim William Machan
What is English?, Paperback (March 2016)
Tim Machan explores the nature of English present and past, and its role in shaping the identity of those who speak it. He pursues his object through episodes in its history around the globe, from Caxton to Churchill and from rural America to colonial Australia. This is a book for everyone interested in English and the role of language in society.
English in the Middle Ages, Paperback (May 2005)
What did people in England in the Middle Ages think about language? What was their view of English, French, and Latin, and how did this influence the way they communicated? This book uses these questions as a basis for an investigation into the use and status of the English language in medieval England.
English in Its Social Contexts, Paperback (July 1992)» View all books by Tim William Machan
The essays in this volume address each of the traditional periods of the English language. Topics discussed include the social status and use of English, the relationship between English and co-existent languages, language as a political instrument and attitudes towards varieties of English.
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Author Biography - Tim William Machan
Tim William Machan is Professor of English at Marquette University. He has published extensively on medieval language and literature and has edited texts in Middle English, Old Norse, Latin, and French. His books include Textual Criticism and Middle English Texts (University Press of Virginia, 1994), English in its Social Contexts (edited with C. T. Scott, OUP, 1992), English in the Middle Ages (OUP 2003, paperback edition 2005), Sources of the 'Boece' (Georgia, 2005), and Chaucer's 'Boece' (Carl Winter, 2008).
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