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Aspects of Language


reviewed by Robert W. Blake 1969

coverTitle: Aspects of Language
Author(s): Dwight Bollinger
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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This is a fine book, and it succeeds splendidly in doing what it sets out to do, to give the non-linguist an appreciation of what modern linguistics is all about. It is not just another book with "language" in its title, aimed at giving the reader the whole scoop on "linguistics" over a weekend. In fact, Mr. Bolinger has left the word "linguistics" out of the title of his book—and wisely so, I think. For the general reader and for the English teacher especially, "linguistics" has become a dirty word and evokes—"provokes" may be a better verb—as many furious responses by purists of the language as do the putative felonies of ending sentences with prepositions, using "I could care less," instead of "I couldn't care less," mis-using "disinterested" for "uninterested," pronouncing "creek" as "crick," and committing the unpardonable sin—next in the hierarchy of offenses against God and man only to... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 71 Number 1, 1969, p. 153-159
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1792, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 4:57:23 PM

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