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The workings of language : from prescriptions to perspectives

Author: Rebecca S Wheeler
Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1999.
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This volume suggests that claims about language are not to be taken at face value. Linguists explore the picture underlying language in our society, discussing prescriptivism, Black English, Ozark  Read more...

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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Workings of language.
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1999
(OCoLC)607371525
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rebecca S Wheeler
ISBN: 0275962458 9780275962456 0275962466 9780275962463
OCLC Number: 40395530
Description: xvi, 250 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: The language mavens / Steven Pinker --
North American varieties of English as byproducts of population contacts / Salikoko S. Mufwene --
African American vernacular English is not standard English with mistakes / Geoffrey K. Pullum --
Home speech as springboard to school speech : Oakland's commendable work on Ebonics / Rebecca S. Wheeler --
Southern mountain English : the language of the Ozarks and Southern Appalachia / Bethany K. Dumas --
On the other hand : American sign language, signed Englishes, and other visual language systems / Lynn S. Messing --
"From out in left field? That's not cricket" : finding a focus for the language curriculum / David Crystal --
Investigating English around the world : the international corpus of English / Gerald Nelson and Bas Aarts --
Speaking of America : why English-only is a bad idea / Geoffrey Nunberg --
Language loss, our loss / Mari Rhydwen --
Metaphor, morality, and politics : or, why conservatives have left liberals in the dust / George Lakoff --
Language as a weapon of hate / Rae A. Moses --
Language and the news media : five facts about the fourth estate / Colleen Cotter --
Life on Mars : language and the instruments of invention / Mark Turner and Gilles Fauconnier --
Laughing at and laughing with : the linguistics of humor and humor in literature / Victor Raskin --
Women and men in conversation / Deborah Tannen --
Breaking mythical bonds : African American women's language / Denise Troutman.
Responsibility: edited by Rebecca S. Wheeler.

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