You Say Potato (Hardcover)

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You Say Potato (Hardcover)

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Some people say sconn, while others say schown. He says bath, while she says bahth. You say potayto. I say potahto And—wait a second, no one says potahto. No one's ever said potahto. Have they? From reconstructing Shakespeare's accent to the rise and fall of Received Pronunciation, actor Ben Crystal and his linguist father David travel the world in search of the stories of spoken English. Everyone has an accent, though many of us think we don't. We all have our likes and dislikes about the way other people speak, and everyone has something to say about "correct" pronunciation. But how did all these accents come about, and why do people feel so strongly about them? Are regional accents dying out as English becomes a global language? And most importantly of all: what went wrong in Birmingham? Witty, authoritative, and jam-packed full of fascinating facts, You Say Potato is a celebration of the myriad ways in which the English language is spoken—and how our accents, in so many ways, speak louder than words.
Ben Crystal is an actor, producer, and writer. He played Hamlet in the first Original Pronunciation production of the play for 400 years with the Nevada Repertory Company, and curated the British Library's CD, Shakespeare's Original Pronunciation. He co-wrote Shakespeare's Words and The Shakespeare Miscellany with his father, David Crystal, and his first solo book, Shakespeare on Toast: Getting a Taste for the Bard was shortlisted for the 2010 Educational Writer of the Year Award. He is also the author of the Springboard Shakespeare series. David Crystal is a writer, editor, lecturer, and broadcaster. He is the author of Evolving English, Spell It Out: The Singular Story of English Spelling, and The Stories of English. He held a chair at the University of Reading for 10 years, and is Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor.

Product Details ISBN: 9781447249696
ISBN-10: 1447249690
Publisher: Macmillan UK
Publication Date: October 1st, 2014
Pages: 256
Language: English