Changing English

ISBN-10: 0415376793
ISBN-13: 9780415376792
Edition: 2nd 2007 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $47.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 1/11/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

This volume examines the history of English from its origins in the fifth century to the present day. It focuses on the radical changes that have taken place in the structure of English over a millennium and a half, detailing the influences of migration, colonialism and many other historical, social and cultural phenomena.

Preface to the series
Biographical information
Introduction
English voices
Introduction
What counts as English?
Who speaks English?
When, and when not, to speak English
Responding to diversity
Conclusion
The English language today
Franglais
The origins of English
Introduction
The linguistic background to the emergence of English
The early Old English period: problems of interpretation
An example of Old English
The late Old English period
The transition to Middle English
Examples of Middle English
English in the later Middle Ages
Conclusion
The Celtic language puzzle
Modernity and English as a national language
Introduction
Modernity and the rise of a national language
Selection: Caxton and the consequences of printing
Elaboration
Codification
Implementation
Dialect speech and the discourse of democracy
Conclusion
Caxton on dialects
English - colonial to postcolonial
Introduction
The colonial experience
The spread of English within the British Isles
The spread of English beyond the British Isles
Conclusion
Identifying Nigerian usages in Nigerian English
Accent as social symbol
Introduction
The consciousness of correctness
'Want of method'
An educated accent
Received Pronunciation
The broadcast voice
Contesting voices
The changing situation of modern Britain
Accent evaluation revisited
Conclusion
Milton Keynes and dialect levelling in south-eastern British English
Dialect variation in English
Introduction
Standard Englishes
Standard attitudes
Variety and 'macro' social factors: class, gender and age
Variety and 'micro' factors: social networks
A core of English and dialect levelling
Traditional dialects
New-dialect formation
Grammatical variety
Conclusion
Singlish and Standard Singaporean English
Modals on Tyneside
Style shifting, codeswitching
Introduction
Stylistic variation in English
Switching in and out of English
Designer English?
Conclusion
Hark, Hark the Lark: multiple voicing in DJ talk
Codeswitching with English: types of switching, types of communities
References
Acknowledgements
Index

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