Talking Proper: The Rise of Accent as Social Symbol

Hardcover | February 1, 2003

byLynda Mugglestone

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Talking Proper is a history of the rise and fall of the English accent as a badge of cultural, social, and class identity. Lynda Mugglestone traces the origins of the phenomenon in late eighteenth-century London, follows its history through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and chartsits downfall during the era of New Labour. This is a witty, readable account of a fascinating subject, liberally spiced with quotations from English speech and writing over the past 250 years.

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Talking Proper is a history of the rise and fall of the English accent as a badge of cultural, social, and class identity. Lynda Mugglestone traces the origins of the phenomenon in late eighteenth-century London, follows its history through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and chartsits downfall during the era of New Labour. Thi...

Lynda Mugglestone is News International Lecturer in Language and Communication, University of Oxford and Fellow in English Language and Literature, Pembroke College, Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:362 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1 inPublished:February 1, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199250618

ISBN - 13:9780199250615

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Rise of a Standard2. Accent as Social Symbol3. The Practice of Prescription4. /h/ and Other Symbols of the Social Divide5. Ladylike Accents and the Feminine Proprieties of Speech6. Literature and the Literate Speaker7. Educating Accents8. The Rise (and Fall ?) of RPIndex

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`Lynda Mugglestone's Talking Proper is written proper, happy to say, and can be understood even by the laity.'Times Literary Supplement