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Proper English: Myths and Misunderstandings about Language

ISBN: 978-0-631-21268-3
208 pages
January 1999, Wiley-Blackwell
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This books explores why it is we believe what we believe about language, and why we persist in handing down from generation to generation a rag bag collection of fact and fantasy about language.
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Preface.

1. Wayward Words.

2. Language and Belief.

3. Our Untied Tongues.

4. Words in Order.

5. Not Knowing Your Grammar.

6. Some Consequences of Literacy.

7. Learning About English.

8. Future Perfect?.

Bibliography.

Index.

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Ronald Wardhaugh was until recently Professor of Linguistics at the University of Toronto. His many successful books include Understanding Grammar (1996) and Introduction to Sociolinguistics, Third Edition (1998), both published by Blackwell Publishers.
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