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A Mouthful of Air: Language, Languages Especially English [Anthony Burgess] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A survey of language. Now in "A Mouthful of Air," we meet Burgess the scholar, teaching his readers about linguistics in the same serious and seriocomic way that. Comment Set Scanfee to on all Pre-June IA Sponsored Books as per Robert. Donor internetarchivebookdrive. Edition 1st ed. Extramarc.
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A MOUTHFUL OF AIR by Anthony Burgess | Kirkus Reviews
If anyone could enlighten me on these issues I would be most grateful: He writes of the voice as a musical instrument and offers interesting comparisons a mouthful of air the sounds of words and the language of music.
Burgess is a composer as well as a novelist and it shows in his writing.
He regards music as a purer art form than fiction because music doesn't make moral judgments. Burgess gets a little too pedagogical about the vocal organs and foreign languages in "A Mouthful of Air. His comparison of American English and English English is particularly lively and slangy, though not all of it is quotable here.
Again, in Britain, to "knock somebody up" means to awaken; in the United A mouthful of air, to impregnate. Burgess has strong feelings about most subjects, including punctuation.
He says that standard punctuation marks are taken too seriously and cites original breakthroughs by George Bernard Shaw who rid himself of apostrophes and James Joyce who wrote the whole final section of "Ulysses" without stops.
If the role of literature, as Burgess says, is to challenge the commonplace uses of words--to use language a mouthful of air and to exploit it aesthetically--then this remarkable book is a rare contribution to the literature of language: The second half of the book dealt with the history of English, a mouthful of air is a broad subject in itself.
A Mouthful of Air
It was also somewhat boring. The sections dealing with Anglo-Saxon times and Beowulf English were dry reading for me, and I admit to having skimmed those parts more than I probably should have.
A chapter on Scottish English, a mouthful of air, was ruined for me because my book, which came from the public library, had highlighted parts labelled "Wrong". I am appalled when I find writing in library books -- I consider them to be public property, so writing in them is akin to scrawling graffiti on a park bench.
Someone else had also been writing pedantic corrections to the section on Latin or maybe it was the same personand that too was annoying.