The Prodigal Tongue: The Love-Hate Relationship Between British and American English (Hardback)
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The Prodigal Tongue: The Love-Hate Relationship Between British and American English (Hardback)

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Hardback 368 Pages / Published: 29/03/2018
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The English language is a beautiful thing, but it suffers under relentless assault from Americans who want nothing more than to corrupt the mother tongue.

Well, that's what we're told.

But what's the truth? And whose language is it anyway?

Lynne Murphy, an American linguist living in England, dives into the war of words being waged over the Atlantic. In a laugh-out-loud study, she separates reality from myth in this special relationship and delves into the social and political forces that have seen British and American English part ways.

From the origins of 'the bee's knees' to why so many of Hollywood's evil geniuses sound as though they were educated at Oxford, The Prodigal Tongue reveals how our language really works and tells us where it's going.

'I love this book. Sassy but balanced, authoritative but fun: this is a must for anyone who fears that English is going to the American dogs.' - Susie Dent

Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 9781786072696
Number of pages: 368
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 31 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Murphy ranges far and wide, with much wonderful detail and colour…' - The Times

'Witty and erudite...what lifts The Prodigal Tongue is Murphy's deep learning, lightly worn, in linguistics and linguistic history...fascinating.' - Financial Times 

'Fascinating and surprising...a witty and erudite celebration of the English language.' - i

'I love this book. Sassy but balanced, authoritative but fun: this is a must for anyone who fears that English is going to the American dogs.' - Susie Dent

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