The Prodigal Tongue

The Prodigal Tongue
Publisher Penguin
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Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages 368
ISBN 9781524704889
Rating 4/5 from 4 reviews
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CHOSEN BY THE ECONOMIST AS A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR An American linguist teaching in England explores the sibling rivalry between British and American English “English accents are the sexiest.” “Americans have ruined the English language.” Such claims about the English language are often repeated but rarely examined. Professor Lynne Murphy is on the linguistic front line. In The Prodigal Tongue she explores the fiction and reality of the special relationship between British and American English. By examining the causes and symptoms of American Verbal Inferiority Complex and its flipside, British Verbal Superiority Complex, Murphy unravels the prejudices, stereotypes and insecurities that shape our attitudes to our own language. With great humo(u)r and new insights, Lynne Murphy looks at the social, political and linguistic forces that have driven American and British English in different directions: how Americans got from centre to center, why British accents are growing away from American ones, and what different things we mean when we say estate, frown, or middle class. Is anyone winning this war of the words? Will Yanks and Brits ever really understand each other?

The Prodigal Tongue
  • Author : Lynne Murphy
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2018-04-10

CHOSEN BY THE ECONOMIST AS A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR An American linguist teaching in England explores the sibling rivalry between British and American English “English accents are the sexiest.” “Americans have ruined the English language.” Such claims about the English language are often repeated but rarely examined. Professor

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The Prodigal Tongue
  • Author : Lynne Murphy
  • Publisher : Oneworld Publications
  • Release Date : 2018-03-29

‘The first and perhaps only book on the relative merits of American and British English that is dominated by facts and analysis rather than nationalistic prejudice. For all its scholarship, this is also a funny and rollicking read.’ The Economist, Books of the Year Only an American would call autumn

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The Prodigal Tongue
  • Author : Mark Abley
  • Publisher : Vintage Canada
  • Release Date : 2011-04-20

The Prodigal Tongue takes a look at the wild, wacky and sometimes baffling road our language–English and others–is taking in its evolution. Where in the world will it end up?! Mark Abley, author of Spoken Here, has created an entertaining and informative exploration of the way that languages–

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Watch Your Tongue
  • Author : Mark Abley
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2018-10-30

Phrases, idioms, and clichés—why do we say the things we say? Watch Your Tongue explores weird and wonderful everyday sayings and what they reveal about us. Do you ever wonder why you shouldn’t have a cow but you should seize a bull by its horns? Who has

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Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue
  • Author : John McWhorter
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2009-10-01

A survey of the English language's usage mysteries considers the ways in which English developed and how it may reflect cultural values, in a reference that covers such topics as Celtic and Welsh influences, the origins of specific syntax patterns, and the role of language in forming early Britain. 25,000 first

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That   s The Way It Crumbles
  • Author : Matthew Engel
  • Publisher : Profile Books
  • Release Date : 2017-06-08

Are we tired of hearing that fall is a season, sick of being offered fries and told about the latest movie? Yeah. Have we noticed the sly interpolation of Americanisms into our everyday speech? You betcha. And are we outraged? Hell, yes. But do we do anything? Too much hassle.

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That s Not English
  • Author : Erin Moore
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2015-03-24

An expat’s witty and insightful exploration of English and American cultural differences through the lens of language that will leave readers gobsmacked In That’s Not English, the seemingly superficial differences between British and American English open the door to a deeper exploration of a historic and fascinating cultural

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The Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
  • Author : Peter Gilliver
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2016-09-22

This book tells the history of the Oxford English Dictionary from its beginnings in the middle of the nineteenth century to the present. The author, uniquely among historians of the OED, is also a practising lexicographer with nearly thirty years' experience of working on the Dictionary. He has drawn on

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Spoken Here
  • Author : Mark Abley
  • Publisher : Vintage Canada
  • Release Date : 2011-04-13

Whether on the other side of the world or in our own backyard, languages everywhere are fading into oblivion. Mark Abley explores what the human family stands to lose — and explains why some endangered languages continue to thrive. Within the next couple of generations, most of the world’s 6000 languages

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The Heart Specialist
  • Author : Claire Holden Rothman
  • Publisher : Cormorant Books
  • Release Date : 2009-03-01

Longlisted for the 2009 Scotiabank Giller Prize Shortlisted for the 2010 OLA Evergreen Award Inspired by the life of Doctor Maude Elizabeth Seymour Abbott, The Heart Specialist is the story of a woman pursuing her dream at the dawn of the twentieth century. Stripped of a regular childhood when her father is

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Divided by a Common Language
  • Author : Christopher Davies
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release Date : 2007-09-26

This guide to the language differences between the United States and United Kingdom is “a fascinating collection full of all kinds of surprises” (Minneapolis Star Tribune). Taxi rank . . . toad in the hole . . . dustman . . . fancy dress . . . American visitors to London (or viewers of British TV shows) might be confused by these

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How to Speak Brit
  • Author : Christopher J. Moore
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2014-09-11

The quintessential A to Z guide to British English—perfect for every egghead and bluestocking looking to conquer the language barrier Oscar Wilde once said the Brits have "everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language." Any visitor to Old Blighty can sympathize with Mr. Wilde. After all,

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American and British English
  • Author : Paul Baker
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2017-09-30

Is British English becoming more like American English? Paul Baker tracks the changes, trends and distinctions of both languages to answer this question.

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The Prodigal Wife
  • Author : Marcia Willett
  • Publisher : McArthur & Co
  • Release Date : 2009-08-24

The Keep - that beautiful, ancient family home where the Chadwick family had lived for generations - is still a haven from the heartbreaks and storms of life. Jolyon Chadwick, a famous television presenter, takes his new girlfriend Henrietta home to meet his extended family -- and also meet Marie,

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Mother Tongue
  • Author : Julie Mayhew
  • Publisher : Candlewick Press
  • Release Date : 2019-08-13

Based on the shocking Beslan school siege in 2004, this is a brave and necessary story about grief, resilience, and finding your voice in the aftermath of tragedy. On the day she brings her sweet little sister, Nika, to school for the first time, eighteen-year-old Darya has already been taking care

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