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LINGUIST List 17.1226

Sun Apr 23 2006

Books: Sociolinguistics: Burridge

Editor for this issue: Maria Moreno-Rollins <marialinguistlist.org>


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        1.    Joyce Reid, Weeds in the Garden of Words: Burridge


Message 1: Weeds in the Garden of Words: Burridge
Date: 23-Apr-2006
From: Joyce Reid <jreidcup.org>
Subject: Weeds in the Garden of Words: Burridge


Title: Weeds in the Garden of Words
Subtitle: Further Observations on the Tangled History of the English Language
Published: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
                http://us.cambridge.org

Book URL: http://www.cambridge.org/us/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=0521853133

Author: Kate Burridge, Monash University
Hardback: ISBN: 0521853133 Pages: 206 Price: U.S. $ 60.00
Paperback: ISBN: 0521618231 Pages: 206 Price: U.S. $ 19.99
Abstract:

Kate Burridge follows the international success of Blooming English with
another entertaining excursion into the ever-changing nature of the
complex and captivating English language. If language is a glorious
garden, filled with exotic hybrids as well as traditional heritage
specimens, then weeds will also thrive on its fertile grounds. Linguistic
weeds may be defined as pronunciations or constructions that are no longer
used. For example, Burridge points out how "aint" or double negatives were
at one time quite acceptable in everyday speaking and writing but are now
classified as "weeds" that should no longer have a place in our
vocabulary. And, as she so deftly accomplished in Blooming English,
Burridge goes on here to further celebrate our capacity to play with
language, and to examine the ways we use it: in slang and jargon,
swearing, speaking the unspeakable, or concealing unpleasant or
inconvenient facts.

In this new volume she gives us another fun and informative work for
enjoyable browsing; for discovering intriguing trivia about language,
history, and social customs; and for employing as a peerless weapon in
word games. Kate Burridge is the Chair of Linguistics at Monash University
and a regular presenter of segments on the Australian Broadcast Company.


Reviews
"Popular treatments of English usage abound. But this book brings a fresh
perspective to the topic, drawing an analogy between 'weeds' in a garden
and so-called errors of English usage. This metaphor is sustained
throughout the book and really helps the reader understand that many
usages that we now condemn as 'weeds' ...were at one time quite ordinary
members of the linguistic 'garden'." Professor Charles F. Meyer,
University of Massachusetts, Boston

"[Burridge's] astute observations, dry humor, clear prose and fushion
(yes!) combine to make Burrdige's well indexed book an enjoyable treat for
logophiles." --Catholic Library World

Contents
1. Introduction to the weedy traits of the English language;
2. Lexical weeds: the world of jargon, slang and euphemism;
3. More lexical weeds: word origins and meaning shifts;
4. Our grammatical weeds;
5. Weeds in our sounds and spelling;
6. The truly nasty weeds of the English language?;
7. W(h)ither our weeds?


Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng )

See this book announcement on our website:
http://linguistlist.org/get-book.html?BookID=19236


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