The Lesser-Known Varieties of English: An Introduction

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The aim of this series is to provide a framework for original studies of English, both present-day and past. All books are based securely on empirical research, and represent theoretical and descriptive contributions to our knowledge of national varieties of English, both written and spoken. The series covers a broad range of topics and approaches, including syntax, phonology, grammar, vocabulary, discourse, pragmatics, and sociolinguistics, ...

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Overview

The aim of this series is to provide a framework for original studies of English, both present-day and past. All books are based securely on empirical research, and represent theoretical and descriptive contributions to our knowledge of national varieties of English, both written and spoken. The series covers a broad range of topics and approaches, including syntax, phonology, grammar, vocabulary, discourse, pragmatics, and sociolinguistics, and is aimed at an international readership.

The Lesser-Known Varieties of English

This is the first-ever volume to compile sociolinguistic and historical information on lesser-known, and relatively ignored, native varieties of English around the world. Exploring areas as diverse as the Pacific, South America, the South Atlantic and East and Southern Africa, it shows how these varieties are as much part of the big picture as major varieties and that their analysis is essential for addressing some truly important issues in linguistic theory, such as dialect obsolescence and death, language birth, dialect typology and genetic classification, patterns of diffusion and transplantation, and contact-induced language change. It also shows how close interwoven fields such as social history, contact linguistics and variationist sociolinguistics are in accounting for their formation and maintenance, providing a thorough description of the lesser-known varieties of English and their relevance for language spread and change.

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Editorial Reviews

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'... represents a treasure trove of fascinating materials about the varieties of English, many of which have not been described in detail before ... scholars of English in many different fields will find the material exceptionally valuable.' David Deterding, English World-Wide
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521710169
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/31/2010
  • Series: Studies in English Language Series
  • Pages: 386
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Schreier is Professor of English at the University of Zurich. He has taught and lectured in New Zealand, Germany and in the USA. His previous publications include Isolation and Language Change (2003), Consonant Change in English Worldwide (2005) and St Helenian English (2008).

Peter Trudgill is Professor of Sociolinguistics at the University of Agder. He has carried out research on dialects of English, Norwegian, Greek, Albanian and Spanish and has written and edited more than thirty books on sociolinguistics and dialectology including Sociolinguistic Variation and Change (2002), A Glossary of Sociolinguistics (2003) and New Dialect Formation (2004).

Edgar W. Schneider is Professor and Chair of English Linguistics at the University of Regensburg. He is the editor of the scholarly journal English World-Wide and its associated book series, Varieties of English around the World. His previous publications include Introduction to Quantitative Analysis of Linguistic Survey Data (1996) and Postcolonial English (Cambridge, 2007).

Jeffrey P. Williams is Professor and Chair of Sociology at Texas Tech University. He previously taught at the University of Sydney and has conducted fieldwork in Papua New Guinea, the American Southwest and most recently with Montagnard refugees in North Carolina, USA. He was the co-editor of Contact Englishes of the Eastern Caribbean (2003).

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Table of Contents

List of figures ix

List of tables x

List of contributors xii

Map xvi

1 Introduction Daniel Schreier Peter Trudgill Edgar W. Schneider Jeffrey P. Williams 1

Part I The British Isles

2 Orkney and Shetland Gunnel Melchers Peter Sundkvist 17

3 Channel Island English Mari C. Jones 35

Part II The Americas and the Caribbean

4 Canadian Maritime English Michael Kiefte Elizabeth Kay-Raining Bird 59

5 Newfoundland and Labrador English Sandra Clarke 72

6 Honduras/Bay Islands English Ross Graham 92

7 Euro-Caribbean English varieties Jeffrey P. Williams 136

8 Bahamian English Jeffrey Reaser 158

9 Dominican Kokoy Michael Aceto 171

10 Anglo-Argentine English Julian Jefferies 195

Part III The South Atlantic Ocean

11 Falkland Islands English David Britain Andrea Sudbury 209

12 St Helenian English Daniel Schreier 224

13 Tristan da Cunha English Daniel Schreier 245

Part IV Africa

14 Li Rhodesian English Susan Fitzmaurice 263

15 White Kenyan English Thomas Hoffmann 286

Part V Australasia and the Pacific

16 Eurasian Singapore English Lionel Wee 313

17 Peranakan English in Singapore Lisa Lim 327

18 Norfolk Island and Pitcairn varieties Peter Mühlhäusler 348

Index 365

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