Postcolonial English: Varieties around the World

Postcolonial English: Varieties around the World

by Edgar W. Schneider
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521539013

ISBN-13: 9780521539012

Pub. Date: 05/17/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The global spread of English has resulted in the emergence of a diverse range of postcolonial varieties around the world. Postcolonial English provides a clear and original account of the evolution of these varieties, exploring the historical, social, and ecological factors that have shaped all levels of their structure. It argues that while these Englishes have

Overview

The global spread of English has resulted in the emergence of a diverse range of postcolonial varieties around the world. Postcolonial English provides a clear and original account of the evolution of these varieties, exploring the historical, social, and ecological factors that have shaped all levels of their structure. It argues that while these Englishes have developed new and unique properties which differ greatly from one location to another, their spread and diversification can in fact be explained by a single underlying process, which builds upon the constant relationships and communication needs of the colonizers, the colonized, and other parties. Outlining the stages and characteristics of this process, it applies them in detail to English in sixteen different countries across all continents as well as, in a separate chapter, to a history of American English. Of key interest to sociolinguists, dialectologists, historical linguists, and syntacticians alike, this book provides a fascinating new picture of the growth and evolution of English around the globe.

About the Author:
Edgar W. Schneider is Professor and Chair of English Linguistics in the Department of English and American Studies, University of Regensburg

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521539012
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/17/2007
Series:
Cambridge Approaches to Language Contact Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents


List of maps, figures, and tables     ix
Series editor's foreword     xi
Preface and acknowledgments     xiii
List of abbreviations     xvi
Introduction     1
Charting the territory: Postcolonial Englishes as a field of linguistic investigation     8
Ancestry     8
Approaches     11
Alternative perspectives and issues     17
The evolution of Postcolonial Englishes: the Dynamic Model     21
Transforming selves in migration: theoretical background     21
The Dynamic Model of the evolution of Postcolonial Englishes     29
Variations on the basic pattern     55
Wider applicability     68
Linguistic aspects of nativization     71
Structural nativization: characteristic features     72
Tracing structural nativization: methodological and conceptual issues     90
The road to nativization: linguistic processes     97
Countries along the cycle: case studies     113
Fiji     114
Australia     118
New Zealand     127
Hong Kong     133
The Philippines     140
Malaysia     144
Singapore     153
India     161
South Africa     173
Kenya     189
Tanzania     197
Nigeria     199
Cameroon     212
Barbados     219
Jamaica     227
Canada     238
The cycle in hindsight: the emergence of American English     251
"Assembled in America from various quarters": Phase 1 (ca. 1587-1670)     254
"English with great classical purity": Phase 2 (ca. 1670-1773)     264
"That torrent of barbarous phraseology": Phase 3 (ca. 1773-1828/1848)     273
"Our honor requires us to have a system of our own": Phase 4 (1828/1848-1898)     282
"We know just who we are by our language": Phase 5(1898-)     291
Summary and outlook     307
Conclusion     309
Notes     318
References     331
Index of authors     360
Index of subjects     363

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