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We Are Not Amused

Victorian Views on Pronunciation as Told in the Pages of Punch

David Crystal

The ever-evolving nature of the English language and its pronunciation is explored in this collection of vintage cartoons and jokes from Punch. Misunderstandings due to provincial or Cockney enunciations are accompanied by commentary on the attitudes of the day, explaining what late Victorians considered ‘correct’ and how innovations such as the telephone and the radio introduced new modes of speech and exposed regional accents.
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  • Publisher: Bodleian
  • Year: 2017
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 96pp
  • Illustrated: Yes
  • Dimensions: 216x165mm
  • ISBN: 9781851244782
  • Condition: New
  • Weight: 0.3kg
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