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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415097970
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/27/1997
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • 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
Introduction 1
Pt. I Emergence and consolidation
1 Languages in contact 7
2 Standardisation and writing 31
Pt. II Changing patterns of usage
3 Words and meanings 61
4 Grammar 86
5 Pronunciation 112
Pt. III Imposition and spread
6 The imposition of English in the British Isles 149
7 English as an international language 180
Pt. IV Evidence, interpretation and theory
8 A critical linguistic history of English texts 217
Theoretical postscript 255
Exercises and topics for further study 266
Appendix 270
Notes and suggested reading 272
Bibliography 278
General index 291
Index of words and forms 299
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