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Word on the street : debunking the myth of "Pure" standard English

Author: John H McWhorter
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : English
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A bored rebuttal to the conservative view that popular culture is destroying a "pure" standard English language, [this text] confronts some of today's major misconceptions about language. In considering the speech patterns and accents of many U.S. regions and ethnic groups, [the author of the text] demonstrates how our language has evolved from a group of disparate dialects into "proper" English and is still  Read more...
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Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: John H McWhorter
OCLC Number: 55939342
Notes: Originally published: [New York, NY] : Basic books, ©1998.
Description: 1 audio disc : digital, mono ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: Language, a living organism: Heart of the matter, Lava Lamps and language; Natural seasonings, the linguistic melting pot --
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 Shakespeare tragedy; Missing the nose of our face, pronouns and the feminist revolution --
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.
Responsibility: John McWhorter.

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A bored rebuttal to the conservative view that popular culture is destroying a "pure" standard English language, [this text] confronts some of today's major misconceptions about language. In considering the speech patterns and accents of many U.S. regions and ethnic groups, [the author of the text] demonstrates how our language has evolved from a group of disparate dialects into "proper" English and is still evolving today. He tackles the tricky question of gender-neutral pronouns; he argues for translating Shakespeare into modern English; and he looks at Black English in light of his research on dialects, pidgins, and creoles.-Back cover.

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