The Development of Standard English, 1300-1800: Theories, Descriptions, Conflicts
There are many questions yet to be answered about how Standard English came into existence. The claim that it developed from a Central Midlands dialect propagated by clerks in the Chancery, the medieval writing office of the king, is one explanation that has dominated textbooks to date. This book reopens the debate about the origins of Standard English, challenging earlier accounts and revealing a far more complex and intriguing history. An international team of fourteen specialists offer a wide-ranging analysis, from theoretical discussions of the origin of dialects, to detailed descriptions of the history of individual Standard English features. The volume ranges from Middle English to the present day, and looks at a variety of text types. It concludes that Standard English had no one single ancestor dialect, but is the cumulative result of generations of authoritative writing from many text types.
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1rish Addison American English ARCHER Benskin brenn British English Central Midland spelling Chancery English Chancery Standard Chauliac's comparative Corpus of Early cultural dialect Early American English Early Modern English eighteenth century England English Language evidence example Extraterritorial Englishes fifteenth century genres grammar grammarians Helsinki Corpus history of English hypercorrect ideology of prescriptivism important inflectional inflectional and periphrastic inflectional forms influence instance Irish English Kachru Kyto LALME language variety lengthening letters linguistic features literary London Lucy Cavendish College manuscripts Medieval Meurman-Solin Middle English migration Milroy myth national standard non-standard norm Oxford pattern period Periphr periphrastic periphrastic forms phonological political prescriptive prescriptivism prescriptivists prestige pronunciation realisation regional renn salience Samuels scientific writing Scots Scottish English scribe sixteenth Sloane social sociolinguistic speakers Spectator spoken spread Standard English standard language standardisation subperiod superlative text types Tongue Trevisa variable varieties of English vernacular vowel words
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