The Language Wars: A History of Proper English

The Language Wars: A History of Proper English

Henry Hitchings


The English language is a battlefield. because the age of Shakespeare, arguments over right utilization were sour, and feature consistently relatively been approximately contesting values—morality, politics, and sophistication. The Language Wars examines the current country of the clash, its heritage, and its destiny. especially, it makes use of the prior as a fashion of illuminating the current. relocating chronologically, the publication explores the main persis­tent concerns to do with English and unpacks the background of “proper” us­age. the place did those principles spring from? Who has been at the entrance strains within the language wars?

The Language Wars examines grammar principles, neighborhood accents, swearing, spelling, dictionaries, political correctness, and the position of digital media in reshaping language. It additionally takes a glance at such de­tails because the break up infinitive, elocution, and textual content messaging. Peopled with exciting characters reminiscent of Jonathan quick, Lewis Carroll, and Lenny Bruce, The Language Wars is a vital quantity for someone attracted to the country of the English language at the present time or its future.

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