Language Myths

ISBN-10: 0140260234
ISBN-13: 9780140260236
Edition: 1998
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Description: Language Myths comprises original essays by 21 of the world's leading linguists. Adopting a lively and entertaining tone, the book discusses some of the most popular myths about language.

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/7/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Language Myths comprises original essays by 21 of the world's leading linguists. Adopting a lively and entertaining tone, the book discusses some of the most popular myths about language.

A Note on the Contributors
Introduction
The Meanings of Words Should Not be Allowed to Vary or Change
Some Languages are Just Not Good Enough
The Media are Ruining English
French is a Logical Language
English Spelling is Kattastroffik
Women Talk Too Much
Some Languages are Harder than Others
Children Can't Speak or Write Properly Any More
In the Appalachians They Speak like Shakespeare
Some Languages Have No Grammar
Italian is Beautiful, German is Ugly
Bad Grammar is Slovenly
Black Children are Verbally Deprived
Double Negatives are Illogical
TV Makes People Sound the Same
You Shouldn't Say 'It is Me' because 'Me' is Accusative
They Speak Really Bad English Down South and in New York City
Some Languages are Spoken More Quickly than Others
Aborigines Speak a Primitive Language
Everyone Has an Accent Except Me
America is Ruining the English Language
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