Blooming English Observations on the Roots, Cultivation and Hybrids of the English Language

ISBN-10: 0521548322
ISBN-13: 9780521548328
Edition: 2004
Authors: Kate Burridge
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List price: $30.99
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/27/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 252
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

This is a fascinating look at the quirks of the English language, past and present. It shows our capacity to play with the language and examines how we use it - in slang and jargon, swearing, speaking the unspeakable or concealing unpleasant or incovenient facts.

Why a garden?
The complexity of language
Language change
Word creation
Meaning shifts
Relics of linguistic change
The nature of exotics
Bad language
Colloquial today, Standard English tomorrow
Our untidy English
Sound symbolism
What is correct English?
Dictionaries, style guides and grammars
Personal names
Dirty words
Taboo language

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