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Talking Proper is a history of the rise and fall of the English accent as a badge of cultural, social, and class identity. Lynda Mugglestone traces the origins of the phenomenon in late eighteenth-century London, follows its history through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and charts its downfall during the era of New Labour. This is a witty, readable account of a fascinating subject, liberally spiced with quotations from English speech and writing over the past 250 years.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199250622
ISBN-10: 0199250626
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 157mm x 20mm)
Pages: 370
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 18-Mar-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Lynda Mugglestone

Lynda Mugglestone is News International Lecturer in Language and Communication, University of Oxford and Fellow in English Language and Literature, Pembroke College, Oxford.

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