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The Resource Talk on the wild side : why language can't be tamed, Lane Greene

Talk on the wild side : why language can't be tamed, Lane Greene

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Talk on the wild side : why language can't be tamed
Title
Talk on the wild side
Title remainder
why language can't be tamed
Statement of responsibility
Lane Greene
Title variation
Talk on the wild side
Title variation remainder
why language cant be tamed
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
"Language is a wild thing. It is vague and anarchic. Style, meaning, and usage are continually on the move. Throughout history, for every mutation, idiosyncrasy, and ubiquitous mistake, there have been countervailing rules, pronouncements and systems making some attempt to bring language to heel. From the utopian language-builder to the stereotypical grammatical stickler to the programmer trying to teach a computer to translate, Lane Greene takes the reader through a multi-disciplinary survey of the many different ways in which we attempt to control language, exploring the philosophies, motivations, and complications of each. The result is a highly readable caper that covers history, linguistics, politics, and grammar with the ease and humor of a dinner party anecdote. Talk on the Wild Side is both a guide to the great debates and controversies of usage, and a love letter to language itself. Holding it together is Greene's infectious enthusiasm for his subject. While you can walk away with the finer points of who says "whom" and the strange history of "buxom" schoolboys, most of all, it inspires awe in language itself: for its elegance, resourcefulness, and power."--publisher's description
Summary
The Economist writer and author of You Are What You Speak presents a lighthearted, multi-disciplinary survey of the philosophies, motivations and complications that have surrounded humanity's efforts to control language
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10740070
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YDX
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Greene, Robert Lane
Dewey number
417
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
P121
LC item number
.G7474 2018
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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True
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  • Language and languages
  • Language and languages
Target audience
adult
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why language can't be tamed
Label
Talk on the wild side : why language can't be tamed, Lane Greene
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Publication
Copyright
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"The Economist. Books."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [217]-222) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
on1028185192
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
232 pages
Isbn
9781610398336
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1028185192
Label
Talk on the wild side : why language can't be tamed, Lane Greene
Publication
Copyright
Note
"The Economist. Books."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [217]-222) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1028185192
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
232 pages
Isbn
9781610398336
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1028185192

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