Postcolonial English Varieties Around the World
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Description: The global spread of English has resulted in the emergence of a diverse range of postcolonial varieties around the world. Postcolonial English provides a clear and original account of the evolution of these varieties, exploring the historical, social and ecological factors that have shaped all levels of their structure. It argues that while these Englishes have developed new and unique properties which differ greatly from one location to another, their spread and diversification can in fact be explained by a single underlying process, which builds upon the constant relationships and communication needs of the colonizers, the colonized, and other parties. Outlining the stages and characteristics of this process, it applies them in detail to English in sixteen different countries across all continents as well as, in a separate chapter, to a history of American English. Of key interest to sociolinguists, dialectologists, historical linguists and syntacticians alike, this book provides a fascinating new picture of the growth and evolution of English around the globe.
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Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/17/2007
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
|List of maps, figures, and tables|
|Series editor's foreword|
|Preface and acknowledgments|
|List of abbreviations|
|Charting the territory: Postcolonial Englishes as a field of linguistic investigation|
|Alternative perspectives and issues|
|The evolution of Postcolonial Englishes: the Dynamic Model|
|Transforming selves in migration: theoretical background|
|The Dynamic Model of the evolution of Postcolonial Englishes|
|Variations on the basic pattern|
|Linguistic aspects of nativization|
|Structural nativization: characteristic features|
|Tracing structural nativization: methodological and conceptual issues|
|The road to nativization: linguistic processes|
|Countries along the cycle: case studies|
|The cycle in hindsight: the emergence of American English|
|"Assembled in America from various quarters": Phase 1 (ca. 1587-1670)|
|"English with great classical purity": Phase 2 (ca. 1670-1773)|
|"That torrent of barbarous phraseology": Phase 3 (ca. 1773-1828/1848)|
|"Our honor requires us to have a system of our own": Phase 4 (1828/1848-1898)|
|"We know just who we are by our language": Phase 5(1898-)|
|Summary and outlook|
|Index of authors|
|Index of subjects|