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The word on the street : fact and fable about American English

Author: John H McWhorter
Publisher: New York [u.a.] : Plenum Trade, 1998.
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John McWhorter reveals American English in all its variety, beauty, and expressiveness. Debunking the myth of a "pure" standard English, he considers the speech patterns and accents of many regions  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John H McWhorter
ISBN: 0306459949 9780306459948
OCLC Number: 231764089
Description: VIII, 294 S. : graph. Darst
Contents: Introduction; Pt. Language: A Living Organism; The Heart of the Matter: Lava Lamps and Language; Natural Seasonings: The Linguistic Melting Pot; Pt. Three Faces of Modern English through a New Lens; Leave Your Language Alone: The "Speech Error" Hoax; In Centenary Honor of Mark H. Liddell: The Shakespearean Tragedy; Missing the Nose on Our Face: Pronouns and the Feminist Revolution; Pt. Black English Is, Black English Ain't; Black English: Is You Is or Is You Ain't a Language?; An African Language in North Philadelphia?: Black English and the Mother Continent; Dialect in the Headlines: Black English in the Classroom?; Afterword: As We Travel On; Sources; Acknowledgments; Index
Responsibility: John McWhorter.


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