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LINGUIST List 17.3487

Sat Nov 25 2006

Books: Historical Linguistics: Wright (Ed)

Editor for this issue: Maria Moreno-Rollins <marialinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Joyce Reid, The Development of Standard English, 1300-1800: Wright (Ed)

Message 1: The Development of Standard English, 1300-1800: Wright (Ed)
Date: 15-Nov-2006
From: Joyce Reid <jreidcup.org>
Subject: The Development of Standard English, 1300-1800: Wright (Ed)

Title: The Development of Standard English, 1300-1800
Subtitle: Theories, Descriptions, Conflicts
Series Title: Studies in English Language
Published: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Editor: Laura Wright
Hardback: ISBN: 0521771145 Pages: 248 Price: U.S. $ 85.00
Paperback: ISBN: 0521029694 Pages: 248 Price: U.K. £ 20.99
Paperback: ISBN: 0521029694 Pages: 248 Price: U.S. $ 36.99

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 the present day, and
looks at a variety of text types. It concludes that Standard English had no
one single ancestor dialect, but is the cumulative result of generations of
authoritative writing from many text types.

List of contributors;
Introduction Laura Wright;
Part I. Theory and Methodology: Approaches to Studying the standardisation
of English:
1. Historical description and the ideology of the standard language Jim
2. Mythical strands in the ideology of prescriptivism Richard J. Watts;
3. Rats, bats, sparrows and dogs: biology, linguistics and the nature of
Standard English Jonathan Hope;
4. Salience, stigma and standard Raymond Hickey;
5. The ideology of the standard and the development of Extraterritorial
Englishes Gabriella Mazzon;
6. Metropolitan values: migration, mobility and cultural norms, London
1100-1700 Derek Keene;
Part II. Processes of the Standardisation of English:
7. Standardisation and the language of early statutes Matti Rissanen;
8. Scientific language and spelling standardisation 1375-1550 Irma
9. Change from above or below? Mapping the loci of linguistic change in the
history of Scottish English Anneli Meurman-Solin;
10. Adjective comparison and standardisation processes in American and
British English from 1620 to the present Merja Kytö and Suzanne Romaine;
11. The Spectator, the politics of social networks, and language
standardisation in eighteenth-century England Susan Fitzmaurice;
12. A branching path: low vowel lengthening and its friends in the emerging
standard Roger Lass;

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng )

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Linguistic Assoc. of Finland http://www.ling.helsinki.fi/sky/
MIT Working Papers in Linguistics http://web.mit.edu/mitwpl/
Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke http://www.lotpublications.nl/
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