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Bad Language: Are Some Words Better than Others?

Edwin L. Battistella

Abstract

Are pronunciations such as cawfee and chawklit bad English? Is slang improper? Is it incorrect to mix English and Spanish, as in Yo quiero Taco Bell? Can you write “Who do you trust?” rather than “Whom do you trust?” This book looks at traditional notions of bad language and argues that they are often based in sterile conventionality. Examining grammar and style, cursing, slang, political correctness, regional dialects, ethnic dialects, foreign accents, and language mixing, this book discusses the strong feelings evoked by language variation, from objections to pronunciation, to complaints abo ... More

Keywords: pronunciation, grammar, cursing, slang, political correctness, regional dialects, ethnic dialects, foreign accents, language mixing, bilingual education

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195172485
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172485.001.0001

Authors

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Edwin L. Battistella, author
Southern Oregon University
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