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The Resource Words on the move : why English won't - and can't - sit still (like, literally), John McWhorter

Words on the move : why English won't - and can't - sit still (like, literally), John McWhorter

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Words on the move : why English won't - and can't - sit still (like, literally)
Title
Words on the move
Title remainder
why English won't - and can't - sit still (like, literally)
Statement of responsibility
John McWhorter
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"A bestselling linguist takes us on a lively tour of how the English language is evolving before our eyes and why we should embrace this transformation and not fight it. Language is always changing -- but we tend not to like it. We understand that new words must be created for new things, but the way English is spoken today rubs many of us the wrong way. Whether its the use of literally to mean "figuratively" rather than "by the letter" or the way young people use LOL and like or business jargon like Whats the ask? it often seems as if the language is deteriorating before our eyes. But the truth is different and a lot less scary, as John McWhorter shows in this delightful and eye-opening exploration of how English has always been in motion and continues to evolve today. Drawing examples from everyday life and employing a generous helping of humor, he shows that these shifts are a natural process common to all languages, and that we should embrace and appreciate these changes, not condemn them. Words on the Move opens our eyes to the surprising backstories to the words and expressions we use every day. Did you know that silly once meant "blessed?" Or that ought was the original past tense of owe? Or that the suffix -ly in adverbs is actually a remnant of the word like? And have you ever wondered why some people from New Orleans sound as if they come from Brooklyn? McWhorter encourages us to marvel at the dynamism and resilience of the English language, and his book offers a lively journey through which we discover that words are ever on the move and our lives are all the richer for it"--
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McWhorter, John H
Dewey number
417/.7
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
P40.5.L54
LC item number
M39 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • English language
  • Linguistic change
  • Language and languages
  • Language and languages
  • Sociolinguistics
  • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES
  • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES
  • English language
  • Language and languages
  • Language and languages
  • Linguistic change
  • Sociolinguistics
  • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
  • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Etym
  • Englisch
  • Sprachwandel
  • Neologismus
  • Etymologie
  • 18.04 English language
Label
Words on the move : why English won't - and can't - sit still (like, literally), John McWhorter
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-241) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The faces of English: words get personal -- It's the implication that matters: words on the move -- When words stop being words: where does grammar come from? -- A vowel is a process: words start sounding different -- Lexical springtime: words mate and reproduce -- This is your brain on writing: lingering questions
Control code
936192063
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
257 pages
Isbn
9781627794718
Lccn
2015050775
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40026554464
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)936192063
Label
Words on the move : why English won't - and can't - sit still (like, literally), John McWhorter
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-241) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The faces of English: words get personal -- It's the implication that matters: words on the move -- When words stop being words: where does grammar come from? -- A vowel is a process: words start sounding different -- Lexical springtime: words mate and reproduce -- This is your brain on writing: lingering questions
Control code
936192063
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
257 pages
Isbn
9781627794718
Lccn
2015050775
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40026554464
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)936192063

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