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You’re All Talk

why we are what we speak

Rob Drummond

You’re All Talk
You’re All Talk

You’re All Talk

why we are what we speak

Rob Drummond

Hardback / bound | English
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‘Rob Drummond is a brilliant tour guide around the endless labyrinths of the way we speak; in this book he hosts the talk show of our lives, ensuring that we listen hard to ourselves and everybody else.’



‘Rob Drummond is a brilliant tour guide around the endless labyrinths of the way we speak; in this book he hosts the talk show of our lives, ensuring that we listen hard to ourselves and everybody else.’



‘For years, working exclusively in radio, my voice was my whole professional self. It is still vastly important now. With a voice — an accent — like mine, I suspect a career in news broadcasting would have been almost impossible a generation or two ago. In a fortunate twist of timing, as minds have broadened, I suspect it’s actually been an advantage to me and helped me stand out.

I am fascinated by accents — and all the perceptions they haul around with them. This is a brilliantly written analysis. It is warm and human in tone. Rob wears his vast expertise lightly, meaning the lay reader is engaged, informed, and entertained in equal measures. I’d thoroughly recommend it.’



‘A telling and compelling exploration of spoken English, charting the joys and risks of individual accents, and why we perceive them the way we do. Through a mix of history, anecdotes, and topical examples, Drummond brings light and humour into a gnarly subject that affects every one of us.’



‘Rob Drummond has achieved something very special in this book — an account of accents and identity that reaches across the generations, from concerned oldie to innovative TikToker, and shows how a sociolinguistic perspective can help reduce the anxieties and tensions that so often surround this topic. He writes: “the world would be a better place if people knew just a bit more about how we communicate”. I’m in no doubt that You’re All Talk, with its humour, clarity, and breadth of illustration, will help make that happen.’



‘We are what we say — and Rob Drummond’s intriguing and engaging book proves it.’



‘Drummond gives us a history lesson as to how the different accents developed and changed around the world, and how they continue to evolve and change today … You're All Talk by Rob Drummond is highly recommended for non fiction readers interested in language and communication and why we speak the way we do.’



Rob Drummond is Professor of Sociolinguistics at Manchester Metropolitan University, where he researches and teaches about the relationship between how we speak and who we are. He recently completed a large project exploring the accents and dialects of Greater Manchester, touring the region in his Accent Van. He appears regularly on radio and TV talking about language-related issues and spent some time as ‘resident linguist’ on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb, as well as appearing on the BBC Breakfast sofa.

Specifications

  • Publisher
    Scribe Publications
  • Pub date
    Oct 2023
  • Pages
    256
  • Theme
    Sociology
  • Dimensions
    216 x 135 x 23 mm
  • EAN
    9781914484285
  • Hardback / bound
    Hardback / bound
  • Language
    English

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