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The Prodigal Tongue: Dispatches from the Future of English
 
 
Author
Mark Abley.
Publisher Houghton Mifflin  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9 x 5.9 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780618571222
Pages/Publication Date 262/2008
Daedalus Item Code 92002
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The author of Spoken Here: Travels Among Threatened Languages (a New York Times Notable Book and San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year) here takes a look at the wild, wacky, and sometimes baffling road that English (and other languages) seems to be heading down in its ongoing evolution. In places like Los Angeles, Tokyo, Singapore, and Oxford, Mark Abley encounters hip-hop performers and dictionary makers, bloggers and translators, novelists and therapists. He listens to teenagers, puzzling out the words they coin in chatrooms and virtual worlds. And everywhere he goes, he asks what the future is likely to hold for the ways we communicate.

"Fascinating and surprisingly hopeful.... In showing us the joys of linguistic diversity, Abley scatters irresistible diamonds."Chicago Tribune

 
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