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You Say Potato: A Book About Accents

By: Contributor(s): Publication details: United Kingdom; Pan Macmillan; 2014Edition: Main Market EdDescription: 247 Pages; HardbackISBN:
  • 9781447249696
Subject(s): DDC classification:
  • 427.9
Summary: Some people say sconn, while others say schown. He says bath, while she says bahth. You say potayto. I say potahto And- -wait a second, no one says potahto. No one's ever said potahto. Have they? From reconstructing Shakespeare's accent to the rise and fall of Received Pronunciation, actor Ben Crystal and his linguist father David travel the world in search of the stories of spoken English. Everyone has an accent, though many of us think we don't. We all have our likes and dislikes about the way other people speak, and everyone has something to say about 'correct' pronunciation. But how did all these accents come about, and why do people feel so strongly about them? Are regional accents dying out as English becomes a global language? And most importantly of all: what went wrong in Birmingham? Witty, authoritative and jam-packed full of fascinating facts, You Say Potato is a celebration of the myriad ways in which the English language is spoken - and how our accents, in so many ways, speak louder than words.
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Item type Current library Call number Status Date due Barcode Item holds
Book Adult and Young Adult 15-17 Karachi Language and Literature 427.9 (Browse shelf(Opens below)) Lost Checked out 15/01/2022 PKLC005039
Book Adult and Young Adult 15-17 Lahore Language and Literature 427.9 (Browse shelf(Opens below)) Withdrawn PKLC008652
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Some people say sconn, while others say schown. He says bath, while she says bahth. You say potayto. I say potahto And- -wait a second, no one says potahto. No one's ever said potahto. Have they? From reconstructing Shakespeare's accent to the rise and fall of Received Pronunciation, actor Ben Crystal and his linguist father David travel the world in search of the stories of spoken English. Everyone has an accent, though many of us think we don't. We all have our likes and dislikes about the way other people speak, and everyone has something to say about 'correct' pronunciation. But how did all these accents come about, and why do people feel so strongly about them? Are regional accents dying out as English becomes a global language? And most importantly of all: what went wrong in Birmingham? Witty, authoritative and jam-packed full of fascinating facts, You Say Potato is a celebration of the myriad ways in which the English language is spoken - and how our accents, in so many ways, speak louder than words.

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