ERIC Number: ED154436
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
In Praise of English: The Growth & Use of Language.
Shipley, Joseph T.
Filled with detail and trivia, this book is an informative, nonspecialized, and often humorous consideration of the vitality and variety of the English language. The book examines the origins of language and the history of English; the process of word formation and the origins of words; the problem of jargon; the prevalence of slang; synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms; the art and variety of swearing and cursing; euphemism and taboo words; the role of logic in conveying and concealing ideas; scientific, emotive, and persuasive language; the distinction between poetry and prose; fundamental qualities of literary forms; satire and irony; black humor and cruelty; criticism and the critic; metaphor and symbolism; word games, anagrams, and proverbs; and the problems of misused and pretended language. (DS)
Descriptors: Diachronic Linguistics, English, Etymology, Language Styles, Language Usage, Language Variation, Lexicology, Literary Devices, Literary Genres, Morphology (Languages), Semantics
Quadrangle/The New York Times Book Company, Inc., Three Park Avenue, New York, New York 10016 ($12.95 cloth)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
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