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The English Languages : Canto - Tom McArthur

The English Languages


Paperback Published: 4th May 1998
ISBN: 9780521485821
Number Of Pages: 272

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Hundreds of millions of people use English every day everywhere in the world, but may or may not succeed in understanding each other. Despite the success of its standard form (or forms) in many countries, the complex called "English" is immensely diverse--probably more diverse than any single language has ever been--and is likely to become even more so in the next century. This book is a compelling and broad-ranging invitation to consider the variety, the options and the implications of this vast system. The English Languages looks at the "pluralism" of English, the "Englishes," that have arisen in the past twenty years or so, and addresses the question of whether or not English can be considered a family of languages in its own right, like the Romance languages.

"The English Languages is a fascinating book written in a highly user-friendly style." Word

Organized Babel
A universal resource
Cracks in the academic monolith
Models of English
Scots and Southron
Substrates and superstrates
The Latin analogy
The shapes of English
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ISBN: 9780521485821
ISBN-10: 0521485827
Series: Canto
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 4th May 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.34