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A Social History of English - Dick Leith

A Social History of English

Paperback Published: 5th June 1997
ISBN: 9780415097970
Number Of Pages: 312

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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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..."most welcome--a readable, non-technical explanation of the 'external' history of our language. At the same time, the reader will learn a good deal about the changes to the language itself. The book is an excellent anti-dote to all one hears about what a wonderful language English is, and how its virtues have led to its being so widely adopted." -"Times Literary Supplement

Author's Preface to the First Editionp. viii
Preface to the Second Editionp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Emergence and Consolidationp. 5
Languages in Contactp. 7
Standardisation and Writingp. 31
Changing Patterns of Usagep. 59
Words and Meaningsp. 61
Grammarp. 86
Pronunciationp. 112
Imposition and Spreadp. 147
The Imposition of English in the British Islesp. 149
English as an International Languagep. 180
Evidence, Interpretation and Theoryp. 215
A Critical Linguistic History of English Textsp. 217
Theoretical Postscriptp. 255
Exercises and Topics for Further Studyp. 266
Appendix: International Phonetic Alphabet Consonant Symbolsp. 270
Notes and Suggested Readingp. 272
Bibliographyp. 278
General Indexp. 291
Index of Words and Formsp. 299
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ISBN: 9780415097970
ISBN-10: 0415097975
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 5th June 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.46 x 13.51  x 2.36
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition