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The Workings of Language : From Prescriptions to Perspectives (Paperback)

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Defusing chicken-little prognostications about English, this volume suggests that dark claims about language are not to be taken at face value. Instead, these claims function as a signal: time to step back. Offering just such a time-out, eminent linguists explore the fuller picture underlying language in our society, examining prescriptivism, Black English, Ozark English, American Sign Language, English-Only, and Endangered Languages. After helping stomp out such linguistic fires, the linguists showcase the potent workings of language: world englishes, language and politics, media, prejudice, creativity, gender, and humor, thus opening the way to better informed views on the function of language in schools, and more linguistically-sound public policies.


Publisher Greenwood Pub Group
Mfg Part# 9780275962463
SKU 202870985
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0275962466
Release Date 6/20/2011
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