Essays on English

Paperback | July 8, 2012

byBrander Matthews

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...my father always cultivated a certain purity of language and early called the attention of his children to what may be regarded as the defects of that idiom, preparing us thus for better speech, I still retain certain deep-seated peculiarities of which I had grown fond. The Upper-Germans, and particularly those who live near the Rhine and and the Main (great rivers, like the seacoast, diffuse general animation), are fond of expressing themselves in similes and allusions; and they clothe sound commonplaces in apt proverbs. Such language is sometimes blunt, tho never out of place, considering its intent.... Every province loves its own dialect, for, properly speaking, the soul draws from it its very life-breath.... I was made aware that I ought to eschew the use of proverbs, which, instead of beating about the bush, always hit the nail on the head.... My inmost heart was, as it were, struck dumb; and I scarcely knew how to express the commonest things." It is in consequence of this persistent intolerance of all local linguistic vagaries, of all dialectal variations from the norm of the standard speech, which is used in all official niter-course, employed almost exclusively in literature and insisted on by the schoolmasters, that Barrie's young Scotsman engaged in an unending struggle to master the artificial and unnecessary distinctions between will and shall in the first person and in the third,--distinctions which obtained in the London dialect out of which standard English has been developed and which did not obtain in the rival dialect of Edinburgh. No doubt, there are a host of ambitious young people in the United States south of Mason and Dixon's Line, who are today striving to compel their tongues not to say you all, in sentences from which...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...my father always cultivated a certain purity of language and early called the attention of his children to what may be ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:52 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.11 inPublished:July 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217472680

ISBN - 13:9780217472685

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