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The Lexicographer's Dilemma : The Evolution of 'Proper' English, from Shakespeare to South Park
by Jack Lynch


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In its long history, the English language has had many lawmakers-those who have tried to regulate or otherwise organize the way we speak. "The Lexicographer's Dilemma" poses a pair of questions-what does proper English mean, and who gets to say what's right?  Read more...


 
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Overview

In its long history, the English language has had many lawmakers-those who have tried to regulate or otherwise organize the way we speak. "The Lexicographer's Dilemma" poses a pair of questions-what does proper English mean, and who gets to say what's right? Our ideas of correct or proper English have a history, and today's debates over the state of the language-whether about Ebonics in schools, the unique use of language in a South Park episode, or split infinitives in the "Times"-make sense only in historical context. As historian Jack Lynch has discovered, every rule has a human history, and the characters who populate his narrative are as interesting for their obsessions as for their erudition. Charting the evolution of English with wit and intelligence, he provides a rich historical perspective that makes us appreciate a new the hard-won standards we now enjoy.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780802777690
  • ISBN-10: 0802777694
  • Publisher: Walker & Co
  • Publish Date: October 2010
  • Page Count: 326
  • Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.75 pounds


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