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'Talking proper' : the rise of accent as social symbol (Updated 2nd ed)

By: Mugglestone, Lynda (University of Oxford)

0199250626 / 9780199250622
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24 cm [viii], 360 p. : ill.
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Reprint. This ed. originally published: 2003.

Talking Proper is a history of the rise and fall of the English accent as a badge of cultural, social, and class identity.

Lynda Mugglestone traces the origins of the phenomenon in late eighteenth-century London, follows its history through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and charts its downfall during the era of New Labour.

This is a witty, readable account of a fascinating subject, liberally spiced with quotations from English speech and writing over the past 250 years.


2AB English, 3JF c 1700 to c 1800, 3JH c 1800 to c 1900, 3JJ 20th century, 3JM 21st century, CFB Sociolinguistics, CFF Historical & comparative linguistics

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