The Lesser-Known Varieties of English: An Introduction

The Lesser-Known Varieties of English: An Introduction

by Daniel Schreier
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521883962

ISBN-13: 9780521883962

Pub. Date: 03/31/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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 West Africa, it shows how these varieties are as much part of the big picture as major varieties and that their

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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 West 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521883962
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2010
Series:
Studies in English Language Series
Pages:
386
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Daniel Schreier, Peter Trudgill, Edgar W. Schneider and Jeffrey Williams; Part I. The British Isles: 2. Shetlands and Orkney Gunnel Melchers and Peter Sundkvist; 3. Channel Islands Mari C. Jones; Part II. The Americas and the Caribbean: 4. Canadian maritimes Michael Kiefte; 5. Newfoundland and Labrador Sandra Clarke; 6. Honduras/Bay Islands Ross Graham; 7. White Caribbean Jeffrey P. Williams; 8. Bahamas Jeff Reaser, 9. Dominican Kokoy Michael Aceto; 10. Anglo-Argentinian English Julian Jefferies; Part III. South Atlantic Ocean: 11. Falkland Islands David Britain and Andrea Sudbury; 12. St Helena Daniel Schreier; 13. Tristan da Cunha Daniel Schreier; Part IV. Africa: 14. White Zimbabwean English Susan Fitzmaurice; 15. White Kenyan English Thomas Hoffmann; Part V. Australasia and Pacific: 16. Eurasian English in Singapore Lionel Wee; 17. Peranakans English in Malaysia and Singapore Lisa Lim; 18. Norfolk Island and Pitcairn Peter Mühlhäusler.

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