'The Prodigal Tongue:' A Discussion With Linguist Lynne Murphy

Published: Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 12:32pm
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Which is better? British English or American English? Does it depend entirely upon where you’re living or where you’re from or whatever your ears prefer?

Regardless, there is a difference between the two, and though that isn’t necessarily growing or becoming more contentious, there is still a battle among some.

Linguist Lynne Murphy covers a lot of that — including what she calls the "American Verbal Inferiority Complex" and the "British Verbal Superiority Complex" — in her new book, "The Prodigal Tongue: The Love-Hate Relationship Between American and British English." Murphy grew up in the United States but is now a professor of Linguistics in England.

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