The Language Wars

Louis-Jean Calvet, Language Wars and Linguistic Politics, trans. Michael Petheram (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998), 197–8. Mark Abley, Spoken Here: Travels Among Threatened Languages (London: Arrow, 2005), 90.

The Language Wars

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.

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The Language Wars
Language: en
Pages: 416
Authors: Henry Hitchings
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-02-03 - Publisher: Hachette UK

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.
Language Wars and Linguistic Politics
Language: en
Pages: 212
Authors: Louis-Jean Calvet
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 1998 - Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

Non-linguistic conflicts are often projected on to language differences, and may be played out in the language policies of governments and other holders of power. This text deals broadly with this interaction of language issues and political process.
The Language War
Language: en
Pages: 322
Authors: Robin Tolmach Lakoff
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2001-08-17 - Publisher: Univ of California Press

An exploration of who holds power in America today, and how they use it, keep it or lose it. The text argues that the struggle for power and status at the end of the 20th century is being played out as a war over language.
The Language Wars
Language: en
Pages: 416
Authors: Henry Hitchings
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-10-25 - Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The English language is a battlefield. Since the age of Shakespeare, arguments over correct usage have been bitter, and have always really been about contesting values—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
Garner on Language and Writing
Language: en
Pages: 839
Authors: Bryan A. Garner
Categories: Law
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009 - Publisher: American Bar Association

Since the 1987 appearance of A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage, Bryan A. Garner has proved to be a versatile and prolific writer on legal-linguistic subjects. This collection of his essays shows both profound scholarship and sharp wit. The essays cover subjects as wide-ranging as learning to write, style, persuasion,