A Word in Your Ear

by Ian Gordon | Other |
ISBN: 0868633658 Global Overview for this book
Registered by futurecat of Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on 12/13/2010
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Journal Entry 1 by futurecat from Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Monday, December 13, 2010
From the free book table outside the university's English department.

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Journal Entry 2 by futurecat at Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Monday, February 21, 2011
Many years ago, back when the Listener was still about literary and intellectual stimulation (instead of every second article being on house prices), professor of English Ian Gordon wrote a fascinating column on language use. A Word in Your Ear collects together some of his columns - some of them rather dated now (in the column on sexist language, for example, there's no mention of the singular they, rapidly gaining acceptance as an alternative to the clumsy he/she), but still a good read. Gordon treads nicely the line between unthinking pedantry and a total laissez-faire attitude to new usages, and is clear about the distinction between what is grammatical in informal spoken NZ English and what is acceptable in formal writing.

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Released 8 yrs ago (7/11/2011 UTC) at University of Canterbury, English Building in Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand

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On the "free stuff" table outside the English department.

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