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The State of the Language, Part 5 of 5

Ronald Butters, Margreta de Grazia, Connie Eble, and Michael Montgomery discuss whether American English reflects traditional and contemporary social values. In particular, they debate whether language confirms, disguises, denies, or distorts cultural and social expressions of notions about issues such … Continue reading

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The State of the Language, Part 4 of 5

Ronald Butters, Margreta de Grazia, Connie Eble, and Michael Montgomery discuss connections between language and social issues, how linguists view those connections, and whether language is a device for racial, sexual, ethnic, or economic discrimination. Their main points of elaboration … Continue reading

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(1) The State of the Language, Part 2 of 5; (2) Commentary on Sexuality, “Back to Nature”

Ronald Butters, Margreta de Grazia, Connie Eble, and Michael Montgomery mull over the richness and fluidity of written English in the age of Shakespeare and the King James Bible, before the ¬†language moved toward standardization a century later with the … Continue reading

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The State of the Language, Part 1 of 5

Ronald Butters, Margreta de Grazia, Connie Eble, and Michael Montgomery provide an overview of the strengths, weaknesses, and evolution of the English language, including its history since the Elizabethan age, the development of dictionaries, spoken and written English, and slang. … Continue reading

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