Lexicographer's Dilemma The Evolution of 'Proper' English, from Shakespeare to South Park

ISBN-10: 0802777694

ISBN-13: 9780802777690

Edition: 2013

Authors: Jack W. Lynch
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Description: In its long history, the English language has had many lawmakers--those who have tried to regulate or otherwise organize the way we speak.The Lexicographer's Dilemmaposes a pair of questions--what does proper English mean, and who gets to say what's right? Our ideas of correct or proper English have a history, and today's debates over the state of the language--whether about Ebonics in schools, the unique use of language in a South Park episode, or split infinitives in theTimes--make sense only in historical context. As historian Jack Lynch has discovered, every rule has a human history, and the characters who populate his narrative are as interesting for their obsessions as for their erudition. Charting the evolution of English with wit and intelligence, he provides a rich historical perspective that makes us appreciate a new the hard-won standards we now enjoy.

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List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Walker & Company
Publication date: 11/3/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.748

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