A Social History of English / Edition 2

A Social History of English / Edition 2

by Mr Dick Leith, Dick Leith
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415097975

ISBN-13: 9780415097970

Pub. Date: 06/27/1997

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

A Social History of English is the first history of the English language to utilize the techniques, insights and concerns of sociolinguistics. Written in a non-technical way, it takes into account standardization, pidginization, bi- and multilingualism, the issues of language maintenance and language loyalty, and linguistic variation.
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A Social History of English is the first history of the English language to utilize the techniques, insights and concerns of sociolinguistics. Written in a non-technical way, it takes into account standardization, pidginization, bi- and multilingualism, the issues of language maintenance and language loyalty, and linguistic variation.
This new edition has been fully revised. Additions include:
• new material about 'New Englishes' across the world
* a new chapter entitled 'A Critical Linguistic History of English Texts'
* a discussion of problems involved in writing a history of English
All terms and concepts are explained as they are introduced, and linguistic examples are chosen for their accessibility and intelligibility to the general reader.
It will be of interest to students of Sociolinguistics, English Language, History and Cultural Studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415097970
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/27/1997
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.65(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
Author's preface to the first edition
Preface to the second edition
Introduction1
Pt. IEmergence and consolidation
1Languages in contact7
2Standardisation and writing31
Pt. IIChanging patterns of usage
3Words and meanings61
4Grammar86
5Pronunciation112
Pt. IIIImposition and spread
6The imposition of English in the British Isles149
7English as an international language180
Pt. IVEvidence, interpretation and theory
8A critical linguistic history of English texts217
Theoretical postscript255
Exercises and topics for further study266
Appendix270
Notes and suggested reading272
Bibliography278
General index291
Index of words and forms299

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