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The Language Wars: A History of Proper English (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 25. Oktober 2011

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"Hitchings has prepared a turducken of language-history entrées. Consuming one layer, we discover another, and another. And we feast."---The Cleveland Plain Dealer
 
"Thoroughly charming…A rich history of English and the shifting rule books for its correctness…Hitchings cautions readers to take care, not in the way of the ‘grumblers, fault-finders, quibblers and mud-slingers,’ but following the example of Orwell, in using language to be clear, to be honest, to connect with each other."---The Boston Globe
 
"Hitchings has earned a place at the head table of contemporary linguists."---The Denver Post

"Mr. Hitchings’s trenchant prose is irresistible."---The Baltimore Sun

"Extraordinary…Chock-full of historical and literary references, The Language Wars is a fascinating, eye-opening look at the evolution of the English language."---The Huffington Post

"Crisply written, amusing, informative, and thought-provoking. Anyone interested in the English language and its history should read it."---The Sunday Telegraph (London)

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Henry Hitchings was born in 1974. He is the author of The Secret Life of Words, Who’s Afraid of Jane Austen?, and Defining the World. He has con­tributed to many newspapers and magazines and is the theater critic for the London Evening Standard.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen He swayed me from my hard-line stance 26. April 2015
Von sharon d - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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As one of the people Mr. Hitchings gently teases in his book (i.e., an "inveterate fusspot" and an avid follower of the "prescriptive grammar" approach), it is a tribute to what a superb writer he is that I read this entire book and actually came away somewhat agreeing with him. His style is lucid; his prose gives great pleasure; his logic is almost irrefutable; his vocabulary is fine enough to keep a reader engaged, but not so much so that it sends him to an "Oxford Dictionary of Insanely Obscure Words" or the like. (I gave up Alexander Theroux, sorry.) It is one thing for sloppy-minded people who are grammatically incapable of forming a proper sentence to advocate a more relaxed approach to English grammar; it is quite another for someone of Mr. Hitchings' caliber to chide one for one's overly-rigid stance. Superb book for lovers of the English language.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Another Great Book about The English Language 13. Juli 2012
Von Elvin Ortiz - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Hitchings does a monumental job in research and thoroughness on the history of the English language comparable to The Secret Life of Words. When does English become an official language and a language of national consciousness? When do people begin to argue about split infinitives and prepositional stranding? Why do we argue today over correct grammar, punctuation, spelling, pronunciation, and vocabulary? What were the first English dictionaries and grammar books? What's the relationship between grammar teaching and Latin? How is correctness linked to class consciousness and ideas of upward mobility? These and many other questions about correct English are to be answered by this book.

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.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen English from the Middle Ages to Today 8. Juni 2012
Von Eric Mayforth - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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As author Henry Hitchings notes in the opening of "The Language Wars," those whose first language is English frequently argue and debate about how to use the language properly in both the spoken and written forms.

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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5.0 von 5 Sternen Loved it! 6. Juni 2014
Von marvaleo - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I've always been interested in how people communicate in general and in language and it's uses - especially why we say things in the way we do. I had a couple of college classes in linguistics and one in the history of the English language but nothing that brought it all together in such clear way. I love to read good prose and, although never an English teacher, I itch for a red editor's pen when I read sloppy prose. I love to see the way our language changes through usage. I've never fussed much over the "rules" - I've read extensively enough through the "classics" that it has been obvious to me that styles do change with cultural changes. I will admit that I do have my own little irritants, such as the increasing use of "alright" for "all right", but learning about the past (and reading materials published centuries ago) that these things do change, and that it's alright for them to do so.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen good and pleasurable read 20. Mai 2013
Von Raminak - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The first, I would say, 60% of the book on development and history of the English language is a very enjoyable read. I feel, during the latter part, the author loses the cohesiveness of the subject and starts 'dabbling' in 'a bit of this and that'. All in all a good book. I am looking forward to the author's book on 'the English and their habits' to come out in Kindle format.
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