You’re All Talk : why we are what we speak Hardback
by Rob Drummond
â€˜Telling and compellingâ€™ Susie Dent, author of Word Perfectâ€˜Rob Drummond has achieved something very special in this bookâ€™ David Crystal, author of How Language Worksâ€˜Intriguing and engagingâ€™ Gyles Brandreth, author of Word PlayWhy do we have different accents and where do they come from?
Why do you say â€˜tomaytoâ€™ and I say â€˜tomahtoâ€™? And is one way of speaking better than another? In Youâ€™re All Talk, linguist Rob Drummond explores the enormous diversity in our spoken language to reveal extraordinary insights into how humans operate: how we perceive (and judge) other people and how we would like ourselves to be perceived.
He investigates how and why we automatically associate different accents with particular social characteristics â€” degrees of friendliness, authority, social class, level of education, race, and so on â€” and how we, consciously or subconsciously, change the way we speak in order to create different versions of ourselves to fit different environments. Ultimately, Youâ€™re All Talk demonstrates the beauty of linguistic diversity and how embracing it can give us a better understanding of other people â€” and ourselves.
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