Twentieth Century English
History, Variation and Standardization
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Twentieth Century English by Christian Mair
Book DescriptionStandard English has evolved and developed in many ways over the past hundred years. From pronunciation to vocabulary to grammar, this concise survey clearly documents the recent history of Standard English. Drawing on large amounts of authentic corpus data, it shows how we can track ongoing changes to the language, and demonstrates each of the major developments that have taken place. As well as taking insights from a vast body of literature, Christian Mair presents the results of his own cutting-edge research, revealing some important changes which have not been previously documented. He concludes by exploring how social and cultural factors, such as the American influence on British English, have affected Standard English in recent times. Authoritative, informative and engaging, this book will be essential reading for anyone interested in language change in progress, particularly those working on English, and will be welcomed by students, researchers and language teachers alike.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521832199
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 26-Oct-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Christian Mair
Change in Contemporary English, Paperback (October 2012)
An assessment of how English grammar is changing, and the linguistic and social factors that are contributing to this process.
Twentieth-Century English, Paperback (July 2009)
This book documents changes to the vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation of Standard English over the past century.
Infinitival Complement Clauses in English, Paperback (June 2009)» View all books by Christian Mair
This study is concerned with the functional and communicative foundations of English grammar.
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Author Biography - Christian Mair
Christian Mair is Chair in English Linguistics at the Universitat Freiburg, Germany.
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