The Development of Standard English, 1300-1800: Theories, Descriptions, Conflicts

The Development of Standard English, 1300-1800: Theories, Descriptions, Conflicts

by Laura Wright
     
 

This book traces the development of Standard English, revealing a complex and intriguing history that challenges the usual textbook accounts. Leading scholars offer a wide-ranging analysis, from theoretical discussions of the origin of dialects, to detailed descriptions of the history of individual Standard English features. Ranging from Middle English to the Modern… See more details below

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This book traces the development of Standard English, revealing a complex and intriguing history that challenges the usual textbook accounts. Leading scholars offer a wide-ranging analysis, from theoretical discussions of the origin of dialects, to detailed descriptions of the history of individual Standard English features. Ranging from Middle English to the Modern English period, the volume concludes that Standard English had no one single ancestor dialect, but is the cumulative result of generations of authoritative writing from many text types.

Contributors:
Laura Wright, Jim Milroy, Richard J. Watts, Jonathan Hope, Raymond Hickey, Gabriella Mazzon, Derek Keene, Matti Rissanen, Irma Taavitsainen, Anneli Meurman-Solin, Merja Kyto, Suzanne Romaine, Susan Fitzmaurice, Roger Lass

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521029698
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2006
Series:
Studies in English Language Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Acknowledgements
Introduction1
1Historical description and the ideology of the standard language11
2Mythical strands in the ideology of prescriptivism29
3Rats, bats, sparrows and dogs: biology, linguistics and the nature of Standard English49
4Salience, stigma and standard57
5The ideology of the standard and the development of Extraterritorial Englishes73
6Metropolitan values: migration, mobility and cultural norms, London 1100-170093
7Standardisation and the language of early statutes117
8Scientific language and spelling standardisation 1375-1550131
9Change from above or below? Mapping the loci of linguistic change in the history of Scottish English155
10Adjective comparison and standardisation processes in American and British English from 1620 to the present171
11The Spectator, the politics of social networks, and language standardisation in eighteenth-century England195
12A branching path: low vowel lengthening and its friends in the emerging standard219
Index230

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