Title Blooming English: Observations on the Roots, Cultivation and Hybrids of the English Language
Book Condition New
Edition First Edition
Size 247 x 174 Mm
Publisher Cambridge, UK Cambridge University Press 2004
0521548322 / 9780521548328
Seller ID 014286
English is the most creative, changeable and imaginative of languages. Some words are invented to meet temporary needs and are quickly discarded; others carry meanings hundreds of years old. Language fascinates us, and we spend a lot of time playing with it, concocting everything from puns, riddles and secret languages to wonderful prose and poetry. We also worry about it a great deal, looking up and checking words in dictionaries and usage guides, occasionally arguing about definitions. Blooming English celebrates our capacity to play with language, as well as examining the ways we use it: in slang and jargon, swearing, speaking the unspeakable, or concealing unpleasant or inconvenient facts. It can be used for browsing, for finding beguiling snippets about language, history and social customs, and can be a formidable weapon in word games. • A book for all lovers of the English language • Focuses on the quirks and oddities of English and explains how they came about • Easy and enjoyable to read; genuinely accessible to the non-linguist Contents 1. Why a garden?; 2. The complexity of language; 3. Language change; 4. Word creation; 5. Meaning shifts; 6. Relics of linguistic change; 7. The nature of exotics; 8. Bad language; 9. Colloquial today, Standard English tomorrow; 10. Our untidy English; 11. Sound symbolism; 12. What is correct English?; 13. Dictionaries, style guides and grammars; 14. Personal names; 15. Dirty words; 16. Taboo language. Printed Pages: 248.