Word On The Street: Debunking The Myth Of A Pure Standard English

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Basic Books, 2000 - 294 pagina's
Though there is a contingent of linguists who fight the fact, our language is always changing--not only through slang, but sound, syntax, and words' meanings as well. Debunking the myth of "pure" standard English, tackling controversial positions, and eschewing politically correct arguments, linguist John McWhorter considers speech patterns and regional accents to demonstrate just how the changes do occur. Wielding reason and humor, McWhorter ultimately explains why we must embrace these changes, ultimately revealing our American English in all its variety, expressiveness, and power.

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Introduction
1
Lava Lamps and Language
7
The Linguistic Melting Pot
35
The Speech Error Hoax
61
Pronouns and
117
Is You Is or Is You Aint a Language?
127
Black
155
Black English in
201
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John McWhorter is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley. A specialist in pidgin and Creole languages, he lives in Oakland, California.

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