The Workings of Language: From Prescriptions to Perspectives

Rebecca S. Wheeler
Greenwood Publishing Group, 1999 - 250 σελίδες
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The essays in this book help to make sense of the workings of language in our everyday world--on the personal, local, national, and international levels. The authors are all linguists, seeking to help readers free themselves of language prejudices, thus opening the way to better informed views on the function of language in society, a more balanced treatment in schools, and more linguistically-sound public policies.

Defusing Chicken-Little prognostications about English, this volume suggests that dark claims about language are not to be taken at face value. Instead, these claims function as a signal: time to step back. Offering just such a time-out, eminent linguists explore the fuller picture underlying language in our society, examining prescriptivism, Black English, Ozark English, American Sign Language, English-Only, and Endangered Languages.

After helping stomp out such linguistic fires, the linguists showcase the potent workings of language: world englishes, language and politics, media, prejudice, creativity, gender, and humor, thus opening the way to better informed views on the function of language in schools, and more linguistically sound public policies.

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The Language Mavens
North American Varieties of English as Byproducts of Population Contacts
African American Vernacular English Is Not Standard English with Mistakes
Home Speech as Springboard to School Speech Oaklands Commendable Work on Ebonics
Southern Mountain English The Language of the Ozarks and Southern Appalachia
On the Other Hand American Sign Language Signed Englishes and Other Visual Language Systems
Englishes Englishonly and Languages in Danger of Extinction
From Out in Left Field? Thats Not Cricket Finding a Focus for the Language Curriculum
Language and Politics Prejudice the Media Creativity Humor and Gender
Metaphor Morality and Politics Or Why Conservations Have Left Liberals in the Dust
Language as a Weapon of Hate
Language and the News Media Five Facts about the Fourth Estate
Life on Marks Language and the Instruments of Invention
Laughing at and Laughing with The Linguistics of Humor and Humor in Literature
Women and Men in Conversation
Breaking Mythical Bonds African American Womens Language

Investigating English around the World The International Corpus of English
Speaking of America Why Englishonly Is a Bad Idea
Language Loss Our Loss
About the Editor and Contributors
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Σελίδα 217 - And ain't I a woman? Look at me! Look at my arm! I have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain't I a woman?
Σελίδα 5 - Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations; to boldly go where no man has gone before.
Σελίδα 195 - ... that to which the word it supplants is relative. Thus a cup (B) is in relation to Dionysus (A) what a shield (D) is to Ares (C). The cup accordingly will be metaphorically described as the "shield of Dionysus" (D + A), and the shield as the "cup of Ares
Σελίδα 217 - I have plowed and planted and gathered into barns, and no man could head me— and ar'n't I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man, (when I could get it,) and bear de lash as well— and ar'n't I a woman? I have borne thirteen chillen, and seen 'em mos...
Σελίδα 120 - For the first time in our history, our nation is faced with the possibility of the kind of linguistic division that has torn apart Canada in recent years; that has been a major feature of the unhappy history of Belgium, split into speakers of French and Flemish; that is at this very moment a bloody division between the Sinhalese and Tamil populations of Sri Lanka.
Σελίδα 101 - What seems to me to be happening is that those peoples who were once colonized by the language are now rapidly remaking it, domesticating it, becoming more and more relaxed about the way they use it — assisted by the English language's enormous flexibility and size, they are carving out large territories for themselves within its frontiers.
Σελίδα 9 - I be," "you be", "he be." etc., which should give us all the heebie-jeebies, these may indeed be comprehensible, but they go against all accepted classical and modern grammars, and are the product not of a language with roots in history but of ignorance of how language works.

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REBECCA S. WHEELER teaches writing, grammar, and linguistics in the English Department at Christopher Newport University in Virginia.

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