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The prodigal tongue : the love-hate relationship between American and British English [electronic resource] / Lynne Murphy.

Murphy, M. Lynne, (author.). Ward, Pam. (Added Author). hoopla digital. (Added Author). Read by Pam Ward. (Cast).
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  • ISBN: 9781977323354 (sound recording : hoopla Audio Book)
  • ISBN: 1977323359 (sound recording : hoopla Audio Book)
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (1 audio file (11hr., 40 min.)) : digital.
  • Edition: Unabridged.
  • Publisher: [United States] : Tantor Audio, 2018.
  • Distributor: Made available through hoopla

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Restrictions on Access Note:
Digital content provided by hoopla.
Participant or Performer Note:
Read by Pam Ward.
Summary, etc.:
"If Shakespeare were alive today, he'd sound like an American." "English accents are the sexiest." "Americans have ruined the English language." "Technology means everyone will have to speak the same English." 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?
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Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Subject: English language > Social aspects > United States.
English language > Social aspects > Great Britain.
English language > Variation > United States.
English language > Variation > Great Britain.
English language > Psychological aspects.
English language > Usage.
English language > History.

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