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Published: 01 November 2007

256 Pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195337457

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Bad Language

Are Some Words Better Than Others?

Edwin Battistella

Is today's language at an all-time low? Edwin Battistella argues that it is wrong to think of slang, regional dialects and nonstandard grammar as simply breaking the rules of good English. Re-examining debates over relativism in language, Battistella argues that we should view language as made up of alternative forms of regularity and orderliness, which require informed engagement with usage.


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