LINGUIST List 14.980

Wed Apr 2 2003

Books: Historical Ling/Socioling, Eng: Mugglestone

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  1. bartonm, Talking Proper: Mugglestone

Message 1: Talking Proper: Mugglestone

Date: Tue, 01 Apr 2003 16:42:32 +0000
From: bartonm <>
Subject: Talking Proper: Mugglestone

Title: Talking Proper
Subtitle: The Rise and Fall of the English Accent as a Social Symbol

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press		 
Book URL:
Author: Lynda Mugglestone, Oxford University 

Hardback: ISBN: 0199250618, Pages: 352 pp, Price: $55.00
Comment: Second Edition

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

"A meticulously researched account of the history of accent as a
social symbol."--David Crystal, Times Higher Education

"Lynda Mugglestone's Talking Proper is written proper, happy to say,
and can be understood even by the laity."--Times Literary

Lingfield(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English (Language Code: ENG)

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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