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Talking Proper: The Rise of Accent as Social Symbol

Lynda Mugglestone


This book is a history of the rise and fall of the English accent as a badge of cultural, social, and class identity. The book traces the origins of the phenomenon in late 18th-century London, follows its history through the 19th and 20th centuries, and charts its downfall during the era of New Labour. The book provides a readable account of a fascinating subject, liberally spiced with quotations from English speech and writing over the past 250 years.

Keywords: English accent, cultural identity, social identity, class identity, 18th-century London, New Labour, English speech

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199250622
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199250622.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lynda Mugglestone, author
University of Oxford
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