Alternative Histories of English
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Alternative Histories of English by Peter Trudgill
Book DescriptionThis groundbreaking collection explores the beliefs and approaches to the history of English that do not make it into standard textbooks. Orthodox histories have presented a tunnel version of the history of the English language which is sociologically inadequate. In this book a range of leading international scholars show how this focus on standard English dialect is to the detriment of those which are non-standard or from other areas of the world. Alternative Histories of English: * reveals the range of possible 'narratives' about how different varieties of 'Englishes' may have emerged * places emphasis on pragmatic, sociolinguistic and discourse-oriented aspects of English rather than the traditional grammar, vocabulary and phonology * considers diverse topics including South African English, Indian English, Southern Hemisphere Englishes, Early Modern English, women's writing, and politeness. Presenting a fuller and richer picture of the complexity of the history of English, the contributors to Alternative Histories of English explain why English is the diverse world language it is today.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415233576
(234mm x 156mm x 17mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 20-Dec-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Peter Trudgill
Dialect Matters, Paperback (August 2016)
Trudgill's lively book traces the histories of dialects and accents, and defends the legitimacy of the language of ordinary people.
Further Studies in the Lesser-Known Varieties of English, Hardback (April 2015)
This book documents the lesser-known varieties of English which have been overlooked and understudied within the canon of English linguistics.
English Accents and Dialects, Paperback (April 2012)» View all books by Peter Trudgill
English Accents and Dialects provides a unique introductory guide to the regional and social varieties of English spoken in the UK and Ireland.
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