A Social History of English
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.
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Languages in contact
Standardisation and writing
Words and meanings
The imposition of English in the British Isles
English as an international language
A critical linguistic history of English texts
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accents African American English Anglo-Saxon areas associated back vowel bilingualism British Isles Celtic Celtic languages Celts chapter codified colonies consonants culture described developed Dictionary diphthong diphthongisation discussed dominant early East Midland eighteenth century England English language example Extract French fricative front vowels functions Gaelic grammar groups guage Hiberno-English history of English inflexions influence instance Ireland Irish kind later Latin lingua franca linguistic lish literary London meaning Middle English Midland minority languages nineteenth century norm Norman noun originally past pattern phonemes plosive political prestige pronouns pronunciation recent regional schools Scotland Scots Scottish Scottish Highlands seems seen sense short vowel social society sociolinguistic sound speakers of English speech spelling spoken Standard English standardisation stigmatised tend tense texts tion tongue traditional usage variation varieties of English verb vocabulary Vowel Shift Welsh West Saxon writing written