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Mon Oct 10 2005

Media: NYT: Review of 'Slam Dunks and No-Brainers'

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        1.    Karen Chung, NYT: Review of 'Slam Dunks and No-Brainers'


Message 1: NYT: Review of 'Slam Dunks and No-Brainers'
Date: 09-Oct-2005
From: Karen Chung <karchungntu.edu.tw>
Subject: NYT: Review of 'Slam Dunks and No-Brainers'


The New York Times

'Slam Dunks and No-Brainers': Whassup? Don't Ask
By P. J. O'ROURKE
October 9, 2005

...

'Slam Dunks' is neither prescriptive nor descriptive, nor is it in fact
about language at all. It is about Leslie Savan's opinions of language:
'from the high-strung Hel-lo?! to the laidback hey, from the withering
whatever to the triumphant Yesss!, an army of brave new words is occupying
our social life. . . . The catchwords, phrases, inflections and quickie
concepts that Americans seem unable to communicate without have grown into
a verbal kudzu.' Opinions of language are as interesting as opinions of
arithmetic.

A little information makes any book about language a pleasure. Very
little information is found in 'Slam Dunks.' Much effort is expended citing
the use of catchphrases. ...

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/09/books/review/09orourke.html?8bu&emc=bu

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Karen Chung

http://ccms.ntu.edu.tw/~karchung/
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Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
                            Discourse Analysis
                            Language Description
                            Sociolinguistics



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