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Talking ProperThe Rise of Accent as Social Symbol$
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Lynda Mugglestone

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199250622

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199250622.001.0001

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The Practice of Prescription

The Practice of Prescription

(p.77) 3 The Practice of Prescription
Talking Proper

Lynda Mugglestone (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter focuses on the actualities of speech in the late 18th and 19th centuries, though even this tends to illustrate just how omnipresent were the images and assumptions about accent and identity such as have already partly been discussed in Chapter 2. It argues that prescriptive methodology draws on the various social stereotypes prominent in contemporary comment — and the opportunities which these offered for praise or blame — as part of the linguistic persuasions which might be exerted as writers endeavoured to control, or impede, the direction of change.

Keywords:   English language, speech, accent, prescriptive methodology, contemporary comment

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