The English Language in Canada: Status, History and Comparative Analysis

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 26, 2010 - Language Arts & Disciplines
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The English Language in Canada examines the current status, history and principal features of Canadian English, focusing on the 'standard' variety heard across the country today. The discussion of the status of Canadian English considers the number and distribution of its speakers, its relation to French and other Canadian languages and to American English, its status as the expressive medium of English Canadian culture and its treatment in previous research. The review of its history concentrates on the historical roots and patterns of English-speaking settlement that established Canadian English and influenced its character in each region of Canada. The analysis of its principal features compares the vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar of Canadian English to standard British and American English. Subsequent chapters examine variation and change in the vocabulary and pronunciation of Canadian English, while a final chapter briefly considers the future of Canadian English.

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The establishment and growth of Canadas
provinces of Ontario Quebec New Brunswick and Nova Scotia
The principal features of Canadian English
Variation and change in the vocabulary of Canadian English
Variation and change in the phonetics of Canadian English
Summary and future directions

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Charles Boberg obtained his BA in Political Science from the University of Alberta (1986) and his Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania (1997). He now teaches Linguistics at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. His research interests focus on variation and change in North American English, particularly Canadian English. He is a co-author, with William Labov and Sharon Ash, of the Atlas of North American English: Phonetics, Phonology and Sound Change (2006).

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