Alternative Histories Of English

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This groundbreaking collection explores the beliefs and approaches to the history of English that do not make it into standard textbooks.
Orthodox histories have presented a tunnel version of the history of the English language which is sociologically inadequate. In this book a range of leading international scholars show how this focus on standard English dialect is to the detriment of those which are non-standard or from other areas of the world. Alternative Histories of English:
* reveals the range of possible 'narratives' about how different varieties of 'Englishes' may have emerged
* places emphasis on pragmatic, sociolinguistic and discourse-oriented aspects of English rather than the traditional grammar, vocabulary and phonology
* considers diverse topics including South African English, Indian English, Southern Hemisphere Englishes, Early Modern English, women's writing, and politeness.
Presenting a fuller and richer picture of the complexity of the history of English, the contributors to Alternative Histories of English explain why English is the diverse world language it is today.

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'This book is quite innovative. It seeks to promulgate, and rightly so, the history of nonstandard varieties of English as contributing to our overall knowledge of the development of the language ... I can recommend this publication for those interested in English as well as Englishes.' - Alan S. Kaye, Multilingua
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415233569
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/20/2001
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: In the year 2525, PETER TRUDGILL AND RICHARD WATTS
PROLOGUE
1. The legitimate language: giving a history to English, Jim Milroy
PART I
Introduction to Part I
2. The history of the lesser-known varieties of English, PETER TRUDGILL
3. 'North of Watford Gap': A cultural history of Northern English (from 1700), KATIE WALES
4. The history of southern hemisphere Englishes, ELIZABETH GORDON AND ANDREA SUDBURY
5. 'Deformed in the dialects': An alternative history of non-standard English, SHANA POPLACK, GERARD VAN HERK AND DAWN HARVIE
6. Building a new English dialect: South African Indian English and the history of Englishes, RAJEND MESTHRIE
7. The story of good and bad English in the United States, DENNIS PRESTON
Part II
Introduction to Part II
8. From polite language to educated language: the reemergence of an ideology, RICHARD J. WATTS
9. Eloquence and elegance: ideals of communicative competence in spoken English, SHARON MILLAR
10. Women's writings as evidence for linguistic continuity and change in Early Modern English, TERTTU NEVALAINEN
11. Discourse markers in Early Modern English, ANDREAS H. JUCKER
12. Epilogue: Broadcasting the nonstandard message, DAVID CRYSTAL
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