A Social History of English / Edition 2

A Social History of English / Edition 2

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A Social History of English / Edition 2

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


Part I: Emergence and consolidation

1. Languages in contact

2. Standarisation and writing

Part II: Changing patterns of usage

3. Words and meanings

4. Grammar

5. Pronunciation

Part III:

Imposition and spread

6. The imposition of English in the British Isles

7.English as an international language

Part IV: Evidence, interpretation and theory

8. A critical linguistic history of English texts

Theoretical postscript


and topics for further study

English is, and how its virtues have led to its being so widely adopted (Times Literary Supplement)

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