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Development of Standard English, 1300-1800 Theories, Descriptions, Conflicts

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ISBN-10: 0521771145

ISBN-13: 9780521771146

Edition: 2000

Authors: Laura Wright, Bas Aarts, John Algeo, Susan Fitzmaurice, Richard Hogg

List price: $121.00
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There are many questions yet to be answered about how Standard English came into existence. The claim that it developed from a Central Midlands dialect propagated by clerks in the Chancery, the medieval writing office of the king, is one explanation that has dominated textbooks to date. This book reopens the debate about the origins of Standard English, challenging earlier accounts and revealing a far more complex and intriguing history. An international team of fourteen specialists offer a wide-ranging analysis, from theoretical discussions of the origin of dialects, to detailed descriptions of the history of individual Standard English features. The volume ranges from Middle English to…    
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Book details

List price: $121.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/14/2000
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 252
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

BAS AARTS is Professor of English Linguistics and Director of the Survey of English Usage at University College London, UK. He has published widely in the field and is one of the founding editors of the journal English Language and Linguistics .

List of contributors
Introduction Laura Wright
Theory and Methodology: Approaches to Studying the Standardisation of English
Historical description and the ideology of the standard language
Mythical strands in the ideology of prescriptivism
Rats, bats, sparrows and dogs: biology, linguistics and the nature of Standard English
Salience, stigma and standard
The ideology of the standard and the development of Extraterritorial Englishes
Metropolitan values: migration, mobility and cultural norms, London 1100-1700
Processes of the Standardisation of English
Standardisation and the language of early statutes
Scientific language and spelling standardisation 1375-1550
Change from above or below? Mapping the loci of linguistic change in the history of Scottish English
Adjective comparison and standardisation processes in American and British English from 1620 to the present
The Spectator, the politics of social networks, and language standardisation in eighteenth-century England
A branching path: low vowel lengthening and its friends in the emerging standard