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The Prodigal Tongue: The Love-Hate Relationship Between American and British English

Lynne Murphy.
Item #: D11451
Format: Paperback
Pages/Publication Date: 368 / 2018
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780143131106
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Are Americans ruining the English language? And are English accents sexy? Such claims are often repeated but rarely examined, and so here Lynne Murphy explores the fiction and reality of the special relationship between British and American English, unraveling 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 the Yanks 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.


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