The Prodigal Tongue

The Love-Hate Relationship Between American and British English
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Author(s): Lynne Murphy
Original Publish Date: Apr 10, 2018
Product Number: EB00707643
Released: Apr 10, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781524704889
Publisher: Penguin Books
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CHOSEN BY THE ECONOMIST AS A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR An American linguist teaching in England explores the sibling rivalry between British and American English "English accents are the sexiest." "Americans have ruined the English language." 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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CD
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Author(s): Lynne Murphy
Narrator(s): Pam Ward
Product Number DD36975
Released: Apr 10, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781977303356
eAudio
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Author(s): Lynne Murphy
Narrator(s): Pam Ward
Product Number Z100132362
Released: Apr 10, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781977323354

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