The Secret Life of Words: English Words and Their Origins - DVD, digital video course

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The Secret Life of Words: English Words and Their Origins - DVD, digital video course

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$374.95

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It’s a human impulse to play with language and to create new words and meanings—but also to worry about the decay of language. But by studying how and why language changes and the story behind the everyday words in our lexicon, we can learn a lot about ourselves—how our minds work and how our culture has changed over the centuries. In The Secret Life of Words: English Words and Their Origins, you’ll get a delightful, informative survey of English, from its Germanic origins to the rise of globalization and cyber-communications. Award-winning Professor Anne Curzan of the University of Michigan approaches the subject like an archaeologist, digging below the surface to uncover the story of words.
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I listened to this course on audio and can highly recommend it in that format. It is not a short series -- 36 lectures averaging over 30 minutes each -- but it was an absolute blast. Professor Curzan is expert (she is among those who determine which words go into the dictionary), authoritative, and most importantly loads of fun. It's clear she loves what she does and it comes through. This course completely changed my perspective on the definition of "proper" language.
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