- Gebundene Ausgabe: 416 Seiten
- Verlag: John Murray Publishers (3. Februar 2011)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1848542089
- ISBN-13: 978-1848542082
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,9 x 22,3 x 3,5 cm
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'[Hitchings] writes beautiful prose, witty and succinct. His book is full of complex ideas expressed with crystal clarity ... The range of his knowledge and curiosity is remarkable ... Every paragraph contains a fascinating detail about the English language ... I recommend that you rush out to immediately buy it, or to buy it immediately, whichever you prefer.' -- Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday, Five Star Review 20110130 'This richly detailed and often delightfully combative book is a historical guide to the sometimes splenetic battles that have been fought over [English] down the centuries ... a pleasure to read.' -- Andrew Holgate, Sunday Times 20110130 'Crisply written, amusing, informative and thought-provoking. Anyone interested in the English language and its history should read it.' -- Charles Moore, The Telegraph 20110130 'Hitchings' exemplary researches and disinterested, perceptive and often witty explications, make it clear that one cannot glibly dismiss these struggles over what makes English "proper" ... Hitchings has created a fascinating, wholly readable and gratifyingly informative book.' -- Financial Times 20110130 'Agreeable and informative' -- Independent 20110130 'The Language Wars asks us to think beyond tradition, habit and deference, and to consider what we want from our words. It is a very intelligent and polite call to arms, but a call to arms nonetheless.' -- Observer 20110130 'The Language Wars takes the reader on a Cook's tour of complaints about English past and present ...' -- Deborah Cameron, Guardian 20110130 'It is a breath of fresh air (if that is the right cliche) to wander the byways of language without always being nudged to laugh at prescriptivists' foolish nostrums.' -- Daily Telegraph 20110130 'A superb survey' -- Reader's Digest 20110130 'Those who bemoan the state of literacy should turn to Henry Hitchings' history of the centuries-old battles over correct usage to disavow themselves of the notion that such complaints are anything new...The Language Wars offers a hopeful perspective on this old debate.' -- Metro 20110130 A very intelligent call to arms -- The Week 20110130 'Hitchings's three books have helped make language studies sexy' -- Literary Review 20110130
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Henry Hitchings was born in 1974. He is the author of The Secret Life of Words, which won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, Who's Afraid of Jane Austen? and Dr Johnson's Dictionary. He has contributed to many newspapers and magazines and is theatre critic for the London Evening Standard.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Hitchings' philosophy is that "[a]ll living human languages alter, meanings shift, and so do pronunciations and grammatical structures. We may feel that language is stable, but this is an illusion," p. 4. It is a great book written with a fluency accessible to any interested reader.
The English language now has a long and storied history stretching back several centuries. Hitchings traces that history, including some of the contributions of authors such as Chaucer and Shakespeare, in this superb volume. He discusses how the language changed across those long stretches of time and looks at the standardization process that took place. Also discussed are how English changed with social change and lists some of the values in the core English-speaking countries that helped shape the language.
We have all been in debates about spelling, pronunciation, and punctuation--Hitchings examines these usage topics and also touches on the topics of the split infinitive, slang, censorship, profanity, and more. The author also discusses dialects--an area of language that interests just about everyone and ends up sparking many friendly debates, as I learned when I moved from Michigan to Texas in the seventh grade.
Near the end of the volume Hitchings looks at the spread of English around the world, notes the effect that current technology has on language, and even offers a couple of predictions on what may happen in English in the future. Any English speaker with a keen interest in language would enjoy "The Language Wars."
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