English: One Tongue, Many Voices / Edition 1
  • English: One Tongue, Many Voices / Edition 1
  • English: One Tongue, Many Voices / Edition 1

English: One Tongue, Many Voices / Edition 1

by Jan Svartvik, Geoffrey Leech
     
 

This readable textbook tells the fascinating story of the English language in three ways. It begins by tracing the history of the language from its obscure beginnings over 1500 years ago and follows up by showing the geographical spread of the language and its increasing diversity. Finally, it looks at the present state of English as a global language and problems

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This readable textbook tells the fascinating story of the English language in three ways. It begins by tracing the history of the language from its obscure beginnings over 1500 years ago and follows up by showing the geographical spread of the language and its increasing diversity. Finally, it looks at the present state of English as a global language and problems and uncertainties of its future. Students interested in the history of the English language will be well-served by this valuable introduction.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403918307
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
12/12/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
• The Working Tongue of the Global Village
• PART 1: HISTORY OF AN ISLAND LANGUAGE
• The First 500 Years
• 1066 and All That
• Modern English in the Making
• PART 2: THE SPREAD OF ENGLISH AROUND THE WORLD
• English Goes to the New World
• English Transplanted
• English Varieties in the British Isles
• American and British English
• From Caribbean English to Creole
• PART 3: A CHANGING LANGUAGE IN CHANGING TIMES
• The Standard Language Today
• Linguistic Change in Progress: Back to the Inner Circle
• English into the Future
• Pronunciation
• Notes: Comments and References
• References
• Index

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