Alternative Histories of English

Alternative Histories of English

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This 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.1 OGREVE grammars across time and genre 92 7.1 The typical US nonlinguista#39;s theory of language 137 7.2 a#39;Correctnessa#39; ... English discourse markers (number of tokens per 1, 000 words) in the play samples of the Helsinki Corpus 215 1 1 .3anbsp;...

Title:Alternative Histories of English
Author: Peter Trudgill, Richard J. Watts
Publisher:Routledge - 2002-09-06

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