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The Fight for English: How language pundits ate, shot, and left By David Crystal

The Fight for English: How language pundits ate, shot, and left
by David Crystal

This is the story of the battles both past and present surrounding English usage. So many of us are made to feel ashamed of how we use our language, but in this lively and authoritative contribution to the debate David Crystal argues for a more rational and balanced approach.
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The Fight for English: How language pundits ate, shot, and left Summary


Lynne Truss's 'Eats, Shoots and Leaves' injected new life into the long-standing arguments over rights and wrongs in English usage. Now David Crystal brings together his own distinctive style and unique expertise to provide the first thorough-going assessment of the ongoing debate. With a lively, humorous, and accessible approach, Crystal charts the battles past and present, illustrating the characters and attitudes involved from a wide range of written sources. He combines a chronological survey of key influences in the area of usage with discussion of particular themes such as punctuation, spelling, and pronunciation. And he looks ahead to the future in the context of recent education policy shifts. A positive and compelling case is made for variation in usage of English based on appropriateness of situation, arguing that 'zero tolerance' in relation to language is a profoundly flawed approach. Crystal offers an original and authoritative counter-argument to the prescriptivist agenda that has been expounded in many accounts of English usage over the years. The Fight for English is the book that everyone concerned with English usage has been eagerly awaiting.

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Sku
GOR002500326
Title
The Fight for English: How language pundits ate, shot, and left
Author
Condition
Very Good
Binding type
Hardback
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Year published
Number of pages
256
ISBN 10
019920764X
ISBN 13
9780199207640
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