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5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable and fascinating
If you have even a vague interest in how the English language evolves, this book is for you. Charting the rise (and fall) of English, how it has been influenced by multicultural communities, the online world, and how in turn it has influenced their development.
Published on 19 Mar 2008 by Chasamatazz

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3.0 out of 5 stars Report on the Language Report
The sub title is 'English on the move 2000-2007' which is an accurate description of an interesting book as a one off. However, much of the content is a rehash of the previous books going back to 2003. If you have the earlier books there is not much point in this one. If you haven't read the earlier ones this is good.
Published on 8 May 2009 by F. Walter


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Report on the Language Report, 8 May 2009
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F. Walter "fred4afc" (Cambridgeshire UK) - See all my reviews
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The sub title is 'English on the move 2000-2007' which is an accurate description of an interesting book as a one off. However, much of the content is a rehash of the previous books going back to 2003. If you have the earlier books there is not much point in this one. If you haven't read the earlier ones this is good.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable and fascinating, 19 Mar 2008
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If you have even a vague interest in how the English language evolves, this book is for you. Charting the rise (and fall) of English, how it has been influenced by multicultural communities, the online world, and how in turn it has influenced their development.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good old Suzy, 1 Jan 2013
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This expert in English is so worth reading. I didn't read it more than once though. This expert in English is so worth reading. I didn't read it more than once though.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fourth and Completely New?, 8 Sep 2011
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The original idea in 2003 was a great one; its execution since has tended to lean heavily on previous ones and this "fourth and completely new" version still leans heavily on earlier editions, although I suspect it was an impossible task to write an entirely new report each year.

Having written that, it is an enjoyable and informative book. Organised into chapters on business, fashion, political, food, medical and so on words, twenty one in all, it does reflect - you know - the ways in which language - like - is used, abused, mis-used, misconstrued and subdued. Beginning with the linguistic Daddy-of-them-all, Professor David Crystal's comment that one of the few certainties in life is that language will continue to change, she shows the many ways in which this happens and many examples of it but without the wry, sharp humour of Crystal's lectures and more in the style of some of his more scholarly texts.

Often I had the impression that she was writing more about the media "parole" rather then the definitive "langue", to quote de Saussure but it is no less interesting for that.

I suspect this Dentinite mild diatribe might be better optically-fibred in a blogging scenario or silvercasted to go viral, thereby assisting her to mashup more efficiently. If you know, like, what I mean.

It's fun.
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