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The Language Report: The Ultimate Record of What We're Saying and How We're Saying It
by Susie Dent
Know your kamikini from your kitten heel? Prefer your bling-bling to your biscuit? Listen to electroclash or foxcore? Live with a bleeding-edge screenager or a silver surfer suffering from wapathy? Or are you: -Q? Infinitely browsable and completely up to date, The Language Report is a collection of topical and fascinating facts and observations on today's spoken and writt ...more
Hardcover, 151 pages
Published December 18th 2003 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published November 1st 2003)
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I find it fascinating to see the shifts and alterations that English has taken over the years. Dent's 2003 report includes a whole slew of examinations of the ways in which language changes, some that are fairly straightforward and others that are surprising, and yet others that are downright discouraging. It was also interesting since it is written from a British perspective (including a chapter on the peculiarly untransfered Rhyming Slang for which I have no context and am completely baffled i ...more
- from the jacket: "The Language Report is the front-line account of what we're saying and how we're saying it. From street lang to rhyming slang; from sporting language to cyber-speak; from text talk to the language of war, it's an enlightening collection of intriguing facts and observations compiled from the evidence of the world's largest language monitoring programme, at Oxford University Press."