Verbal Hygiene

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Routledge, Jun 28, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 280 pages
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In this book, Cameron explores popular attitudes towards language and examines the practices by which people attempt to regulate its use. She also argues that popular discourse about language values serves a function for those engaged in it.

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I needed to read this for a college class. It is hard to read unless you are use to academic writing. It also wasn't what I thought it was. I thought it would have more of a pop culture aspect to it. Read full review

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One of my favourite books of all time. I just finished re-reading it. Cameron explores human efforts to manage and alter both our spoken and written language. From the development of style guides, to ... Read full review


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Deborah Cameron teaches at Oxford University, where she is Professor of Language and Communication in the English Faculty. Her main research interests are in sociolinguistics, discourse analysis and the study of gender and sexuality; her previous publications include "Working with Spoken Discourse" (2001), "On Language and Sexual Politics "(2006) and "Verbal Hygiene" (1995/2012).

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