The Prodigal Tongue

The Prodigal Tongue

The Love-Hate Relationship Between British and American English

Hardback368pp214x134mm

9781786072696     Product Code: 509872

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Is it true (as we are often told) that ‘creeping Americanisms’ are ruining our language? As an American linguist working in Britain, Lynne Murphy is well placed to weigh up the evidence and to share examples of misunderstandings. With a combination of humo(u)r and scepticism/skepticism she examines the myths surrounding transatlantic differences, shows that many ‘American’ words and usages have British origins and investigates where the English language is really going.

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