A unique collection of original essays by 21 of the world's leading linguists. The topics discussed focus on some of the most popular myths about language: The Media Are Ruining English; Children Can't Speak or Write Properly Anymore; America is Ruining the English Language. The tone is lively and entertaining throughout and there are cartoons from Doonesbury andThe Wizard of Id to illustrate some of the points. The book should have a wide readership not only amongst students who want to read leading linguists writing about popular misconceptions but also amongst the large number of people who enjoy reading about language in general.
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(198mm x 129mm x 12mm)
Penguin Books Ltd
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If we think the Media Are Ruining English, or French Is a Logical Language, that Women Talk Too Much and Everyone Has an Accent but Me, we are wrong and 'prejudices based on the way other people speak are akin to racism and sexism'. The professional linguists who contribute to this book show that often these pet beliefs are what it was once politically permissible to call old wives' tales, or national or social snobberies with no linguistic justification. Some of these knock-down arguments are naturally more convincing than others, but this is a wide-ranging and lively collection. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Laurie Bauer
Peter Trudgill and Laurie Bauer are both respected linguists. Trudgill has written many books for Penguin (including Sociolinguistics which has sold 130,000 copies since it was first published in 1974). Other contributors include Jean Aitchison (Professor of Language at Oxford), Lars Gunnar-Andersson (co-author of Bad Language with Trudgill) and Janet Holmes (Women, Men and Politeness, 1995, Longman). Peter Trudgill lives in Lausanne (and sometimes Norwich.) Laurie Bauer lives in New Zealand.