Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2003.
Book — 354 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
1. The Rise of a Standard--
2. Accent as Social Symbol--
3. The Practice of Prescription--
4. /h/ and Other Symbols of the Social Divide--
5. Ladylike Accents and the Feminine Proprieties of Speech--
6. Literature and the Literate Speaker--
7. Educating Accents--
8. The Rise (and Fall ?) of RP-- Index.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
Talking Proper is a history of the rise and fall of the English accent as a badge of cultural, social, and class identity. Lynda Mugglestone traces the origins of the phenomenon in late eighteenth-century London, follows its history through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and charts its downfall during the era of New Labour. This is a witty, readable account of a fascinating subject, liberally spiced with quotations from English speech and writing over the past 250 years. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Oxford : Clarendon Press ; Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1995.
Book — 353 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
This study examines the images and issues implicated in the rise of accent as a symbol of social value and identity in the late 18th and 19th centuries. It looks at popular stereotypes of speech and speaker - such as "educated", "vulgar" and "parvenue" - and focuses on the rise of the idea of a "standard" accent and associated judgements about "good" and "bad" speech. The author shows how these notions were transposed into literature and education, and into contemporary images of gender and class. (source: Nielsen Book Data)