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Language myths and the history of English

Author: Richard J Watts
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©2011.
Series: Oxford studies in sociolinguistics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Language Myths and the History of English deconstructs common myths about the historical development of English and looks at the ideological reasons for their existence.

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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard J Watts
ISBN: 9780195327601 0195327608 9780195327618 0195327616
OCLC Number: 609102621
Description: xiv, 338 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm.
Contents: Metaphors, myths, ideologies and archives --
Establishing a linguistic pedigree --
Breaking the unbroken tradition --
The construction of a modern myth: Middle English as a creole --
Barbarians and others --
The myth of "greatness" --
Reinterpreting Swift's A proposal for correcting, improving an ascertaining the English tongue: challenging an embryonic modern myth --
Polishing the myths: the commercial side of politeness --
Challenging the hegemony of standard English --
Transforming myth to save an archive: when polite becomes educated --
Commodifying English and constructing a new myth --
Myths, ideologies of English and funnel view of the history of English.
Series Title: Oxford studies in sociolinguistics.
Responsibility: Richard J. Watts.

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we must thank Watts for presenting a narrative and interpretative text, in which the quantitative results, so prevalent in recent research, reamain secondary. Within its pages, it becomes clear that Read more...

 
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