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The prodigal tongue : the love-hate relationship between American and British English, Lynne Murphy

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The prodigal tongue : the love-hate relationship between American and British English
Title
The prodigal tongue
Title remainder
the love-hate relationship between American and British English
Statement of responsibility
Lynne Murphy
Title variation
Love-hate relationship between American and British English
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Language
eng
Summary
"An American linguist teaching in England explores the sibling rivalry between British and American English. "If Shakespeare were alive today, he'd sound like an American." "English accents are the sexiest." "Americans have ruined the English language." "Technology means everyone will have to speak the same English." Such claims about the English language are often repeated but rarely examined. Professor Lynne Murphy is on the linguistic front line. In The Prodigal Tongue she explores the fiction and reality of the special relationship between British and American English. By examining the causes and symptoms of American Verbal Inferiority Complex and its flipside, British Verbal Superiority Complex, Murphy unravels the prejudices, stereotypes and insecurities that shape our attitudes to our own language. With great humo(u)r and new insights, Lynne Murphy looks at the social, political and linguistic forces that have driven American and British English in different directions: how Americans got from centre to center, why British accents are growing away from American ones, and what different things we mean when we say estate, frown, or middle class. Is anyone winning this war of the words? Will Yanks and Brits ever really understand each other?"--
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Murphy, M. Lynne
Dewey number
427/.9
Index
index present
LC call number
PE2808
LC item number
.M87 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
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  • English language
  • English language
  • English language
  • English language
  • English language
  • English language
  • English language
  • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES
  • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES
  • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES
  • English language
  • English language
  • English language
  • English language
  • English language
  • Great Britain
  • United States
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The prodigal tongue : the love-hate relationship between American and British English, Lynne Murphy
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 299-343) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The Queen's English, corrupted -- The wrong end of the bumbershoot : stereotypes and getting things wrong -- Separated by a common language? -- America : saving the English language since 1607 -- More American, more Ænglisc? -- Logical nonsense -- Lost in translation -- The standard bearers -- The prognosis -- Beyond Britain and America
Control code
ocn994316083
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
360 pages
Isbn
9780143131106
Lccn
2017057417
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
The prodigal tongue : the love-hate relationship between American and British English, Lynne Murphy
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 299-343) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The Queen's English, corrupted -- The wrong end of the bumbershoot : stereotypes and getting things wrong -- Separated by a common language? -- America : saving the English language since 1607 -- More American, more Ænglisc? -- Logical nonsense -- Lost in translation -- The standard bearers -- The prognosis -- Beyond Britain and America
Control code
ocn994316083
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
360 pages
Isbn
9780143131106
Lccn
2017057417
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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