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Word On The Street

Debunking The Myth Of A Pure Standard English

Trade Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780738204468

Price: $17.99 / $22.99 (CAD)

ON SALE: January 25th 2001

Genre: Nonfiction / Language Arts & Disciplines / Linguistics / Etymology

PAGE COUNT: 302

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Though there is a contingent of linguists who fight the fact, our language is always changing — not only through slang, but sound, syntax, and words’ meanings as well. Debunking the myth of “pure” standard English, tackling controversial positions, and eschewing politically correct arguments, linguist John McWhorter considers speech patterns and regional accents to demonstrate just how the changes do occur. Wielding reason and humor, McWhorter ultimately explains why we must embrace these changes, ultimately revealing our American English in all its variety, expressiveness, and power.

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