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ERIC Number: ED088061
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 247
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The Survival of English: Essays in Criticism of Language.
Robinson, Ian
This critical examination of the condition of the English language used in Britian today raises questions about the language with which society expresses its concerns. It analyzes the language used in contemporary England for religion, politics, serious journalism, love, and literature. Included is an account of the committee-language of the New English Bible and the experimental liturgies, pointing out ways in which ideas are altered by language. The language of politicians who sell themselves and their policies to an electorate of consumers is analyzed, as is the language of "The Times," which serves as a symbol of the decline of the nation at large. An extensive section of the book is devoted to a discussion of the rise in pornographic materials that accompanies a decline in literature and language which expresses love. The seven critical essays contained in this volume include: "Introductory: Language and Life,""Religious English,""English and the Art of the Possible,""The Vulgarization of The Times,""Notes on the Language of Love: 1, the Definition of Pornography,""Notes on the Language of Love: 2, Where Have All the Demons Gone?" and "Anarchy and Criticism." (RB)
Cambridge University Press, 32 East 57th St., New York, New York 10022 ($11.50 cloth)
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)