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Words in Time and Place: Exploring Language Through the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary

By David Crystal

Offers a unique view of the English language and its development, and includes witty commentary and anecdotes along the way.


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The Indo-European Controversy: Facts and Fallacies in Historical Linguistics

By Asya Pereltsvaig and Martin W. Lewis

This book "asserts that the origin and spread of languages must be examined primarily through the time-tested techniques of linguistic analysis, rather than those of evolutionary biology" and "defends traditional practices in historical linguistics while remaining open to new techniques, including computational methods" and "will appeal to readers interested in world history and world geography."


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Title: Talking Proper
Subtitle: The Rise and Fall of the English Accent as a Social Symbol
Written By: Lynda Mugglestone
URL: http://www.oup-usa.org/isbn/0199250618.html
Description:

TALKING PROPER is a history of the rise and fall of the English accent as a badge of cultural, social, and class identity. Lynda Mugglestone traces the origins of the phenomenon in late eighteenth-century London, follows its history through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and charts its downfall during the era of New Labor. This is a witty, readable account of a fascinating subject, liberally spiced with quotations from English speech and writing over the past 250 years. "A meticulously researched account of the history of accent as a social symbol."--David Crystal, Times Higher Education Supplement "Lynda Mugglestone's Talking Proper is written proper, happy to say, and can be understood even by the laity."--Times Literary Supplement

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0199250618
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 352 pp
Prices: $55.00