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The Language Wars free pdf The English language is a battlefield. Since the age of Shakespeare, arguments over correct usage have been acrimonious, and those involved have always really been contesting values - to do with morality, politics and class. THE LANGUAGE WARS examines the present state of the conflict, its history and its future. Above all, it uses the past as a way of illuminating the present. Moving chronologically, the book explores the most persistent issues to do with English and unpacks the history of 'proper' usage. Where did these ideas spring from? Which of today's bugbears and annoyances are actually venerable? Who has been on the front line in the language wars? THE LANGUAGE WARS examines grammar rules, regional accents, swearing, spelling, dictionaries, political correctness, and the role of electronic media in reshaping language. It also takes a look at such niggling concerns as the split infinitive, elocution and text messaging. Peopled with intriguing characters such as Jonathan Swift, H. W. Fowler and George Orwell as well as the more disparate figures of Lewis Carroll, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Lenny Bruce, THE LANGUAGE WARS is an essential volume for anyone interested in the state of the English language today or intrigued about its future.

About Henry Hitchings

Henry Hitchings was born in 1974. He is the author of The Secret Life of Words, which won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, Who's Afraid of Jane Austen? and Dr Johnson's Dictionary. He has contributed to many newspapers and magazines and is theatre critic for the London Evening Standard.

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Author : Henry Hitchings
Publisher : John Murray Publishers Ltd
Data Published : 03 February 2011
ISBN : 1848542089
EAN : 9781848542082
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 416 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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