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The word on the street : debunking the myth of "pure" standard English

Author: John H McWhorter
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Perseus Pub., ©1998.
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A barbed rebuttal to the conservative view that popular culture is destroying the English language.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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McWhorter, John H.
Word on the street.
Cambridge, Mass. : Perseus Pub., ©1998
(DLC) 98028441
(OCoLC)436085425
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John H McWhorter
ISBN: 9780786731473 0786731478
OCLC Number: 824698949
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 294 pages) : illustrations, map
Contents: Introduction; Part I. Language: A Living Organism; 1. The Heart of the Matter; 2. Natural Seasonings; Part II. Three Faces of Modern English Through a New Lens; 3. Leave Your Language Alone; 4. In Centenary Honor of MArk H. Liddell; 5. Missing the Nose on Our Face; Part III. Black English is, Black English Ain't; 6. Black English; 7. An African Language in North Philadelphia; 8. Dialect in the Headlines; Afterword; Sources; Acknowledgments; Index.
Responsibility: John McWhorter.

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"Word on the Street is one of the best books ever written on language and public affairs." Steven Pinker author of The Language Instinct and Words and Rules

 
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