Images of English by Richard W. Bailey
A Cultural History of the Language

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Exposes the pretentious attitudes of English-speaking peoples about their native language.
 

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Richard W. Bailey was the author of Images of English: A Cultural History of the Language, Nineteenth-Century English, and Rogue Scholar: The Sinister Life and Celebrated Death of Edward H. Rulloff. Bailey served in the course of his career as the President of the American Dialect Society and of the Dictionary Society of North America, and the associate editor for The Oxford Companion to the English Language. A long-time faculty member at the University of Michigan, he retired as Fred Newton Scott Collegiate Professor of English.
 
Published January 1, 1991 by The University of Michigan Press. 344 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Starting with a discussion of what standard English is (the language spoken by educated people in the south of England, near London), he traces its history from the Norman Conquest in the ninth century through the influence of plagues, politics, prosperity, navigation, colonization, industry, sch...

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