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Title: Verbal Hygiene
Written By: Deborah Cameron
Series Title: Routledge Linguistics Classics

In "Verbal Hygiene", Deborah Cameron takes a serious look at popular
attitudes towards language and examines the practices by which people
attempt to regulate its use. Instead of dismissing the practice of ‘verbal
hygiene’, as a misguided and pernicious exercise, she argues that popular
discourse about language values – good and bad, right and wrong – serves
an important function for those engaged in it. A series of case studies deal
with specific examples of verbal hygiene: the regulation of ‘style’ by editors,
the teaching of English grammar in schools, the movements for and against
so-called ‘politically correct’ language and the advice given to women on how
they can speak more effectively.

This Routledge Linguistics Classic includes a new foreword which looks at
how the issues covered in the case studies have developed over time and a
new afterword which discusses new concerns which have emerged in the last
15 years, from the regimentation of language in the workplace to panics about
immigration and terrorism, which are expressed in linguistic terms.

Addressed to linguists, to professional language-users of all kinds, and to
anyone interested in language and culture, "Verbal Hygiene" calls for
legitimate concerns about language and value to be discussed, by experts
and lay-speakers alike, in a rational and critical spirit.

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9780415695992
Pages: 328
Prices: U.S. $ 150.00
U.K. £ 95.00

Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780415696005
Pages: 328
Prices: U.K. £ 26.99
U.S. $ 45.95