Journals Higher Education

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20 December 2007

368 Pages | 10 line illus.

6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780199250622


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Talking Proper

The Rise of Accent As Social Symbol

Second Edition

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 Labour. This is a witty, readable account of a fascinating subject, liberally spiced with quotations from English speech and writing over the past 250 years.

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