A Social History of English

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Psychology Press, 1997 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 301 pages
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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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Contents

Languages in contact
7
Standardisation and writing
31
Words and meanings
61
Grammar
86
Pronunciation
112
The imposition of English in the British Isles
149
English as an international language
180
A critical linguistic history of English texts
217
Theoretical postscript
255
Exercises and topics for further study
266
Appendix
270
Notes and suggested reading
272
Bibliography
278
General index
291
Index of words and forms
299
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