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

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

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0199250618
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 352 pp
Prices: $55.00