The English Languages

The English Languages

by Tom McArthur
     
 

Hundreds of millions of people use English every day everywhere in the world, but may or may not succeed in understanding one other. Despite the success of its standard form (or forms) in many countries, the complex called 'English' is immensely diverse - probably more diverse than any language has ever been - and is likely to become more so in the next century. This… See more details below

Overview

Hundreds of millions of people use English every day everywhere in the world, but may or may not succeed in understanding one other. Despite the success of its standard form (or forms) in many countries, the complex called 'English' is immensely diverse - probably more diverse than any language has ever been - and is likely to become more so in the next century. This book is a compelling and wide-ranging invitation to consider the nature, the varieties, the descriptions, the options, and the implications of this vast system. The English Languages looks at the 'pluralism' of English - the many 'Englishes' identified by scholars in the last twenty years - and addresses the question of whether English can be considered a family of languages in its own right, like the Romance languages.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The English Languages is a fascinating book written in a highly user-friendly style." Word

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521481304
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/01/1998
Pages:
270
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >