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Description - The Cambridge History of the English Language by John Algeo

Volume VI of The Cambridge History of the English Language traces the history of English in North America from its British background to its present position among the varieties of English used around the globe. The influences that have formed American English include the political, social, and cultural changes in American life, contact with other languages in North America, and continuing immigration from the British Isles and around the globe. In this book, sixteen leading authorities in the field consider how the vocabulary (both standard and slang), grammar, spelling, and usage in both the standard language and regional and social dialects have evolved in response to these influences, and examine the relationship of and interaction between British and American English. Separate chapters deal with African-American English, Canadian English and Newfoundland English and the volume also includes suggestions for further reading, a glossary of linguistic terms, and an extensive bibliography.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521264792
ISBN-10: 0521264790
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 152mm)
Pages: 664
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 7-Feb-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - John Algeo

John Algeo is Professor Emeritus at the University of Georgia.

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