Investigations in Sociohistorical Linguistics: Stories of Colonisation and Contact

Investigations in Sociohistorical Linguistics: Stories of Colonisation and Contact

by Peter Trudgill

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Investigations in Sociohistorical Linguistics: Stories of Colonisation and Contact by Peter Trudgill

In the last 500 years or so, the English language has undergone remarkable geographical expansion, bringing it into contact with other languages in new locations. This also caused different regional dialects of the language to come into contact with each other in colonial situations. This book is made up of a number of fascinating tales of historical-sociolinguistic detection. These are stories of origins-of a particular variety of English or linguistic feature-which together tell a compelling general story. In each case, Trudgill presents an intriguing puzzle, locates and examines the evidence, detects clues that unravel the mystery, and finally proposes a solution. The solutions are all original, often surprising, sometimes highly controversial. Providing a unique insight into how language contact shapes varieties of English, this entertaining yet rigorous account will be welcomed by students and researchers in linguistics, sociolinguistics and historical linguistics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521132930
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 09/30/2010
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Peter Trudgill is Professor of Sociolinguistics at the University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway.

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