Dialect Matters

Dialect Matters

Respecting Vernacular Language

Trudgill, Peter (Universitet i Agder, Norway)

Cambridge University Press






15 a 20 dias

A fascinating exploration of English, its origins, dialects, accents, and place-names. Trudgill asks questions such as: why did 'passengers' become 'customers'? What is the origin of the word 'but'? How should we reply when told not to end a sentence with a preposition? ('Why not?').
1. History: how things came to be this way; 2. Prescriptivism and other useless pastimes; 3. Language change: observing and accepting it; 4. What is happening to words; 5. Languages and dialects in contact and conflict; 6. Respecting English grammar; 7. Respecting ordinary language; 8. Sounds and fury; 9. Respecting local speech; 10. Grammar: the wonder of it all; 11. More about words; 12. Origins; 13. Accent rules; 14. Respecting names.
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