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LINGUIST List 19.3150

Fri Oct 17 2008

Books: Sociolinguistics/Historical Linguistics: Schreier

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        1.    Paul Peranteau, St Helenian English: Schreier


Message 1: St Helenian English: Schreier
Date: 15-Oct-2008
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: St Helenian English: Schreier
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Title: St Helenian English
Subtitle: Origins, evolution and variation
Series Title: Varieties of English Around the World G37
Published: 2008
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=VEAW%20G37

Author: Daniel Schreier
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027290137 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 115.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027290137 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 173.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027248978 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 115.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027248978 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 173.00
Abstract:

This volume provides the first-ever sociolinguistic analysis of English on
the island of St Helena, the oldest variety of English in the Southern
Hemisphere. It is based on a concise synchronic profile of the variety
(describing its segmental phonology and morphosyntax) and an evaluation of
diachronic material in the form of letters, court cases, ghost stories,
etc. The analysis is embedded into a theoretical framework of contact
linguistics (contact dialectology and pidgin/creole linguistics) and builds
upon the social and sociodemographic development of the community. The aims
of this book are to trace the origins and evolution of the variety, to
pinpoint the forms of English it affiliates with today and the inputs it
derived from historically and to investigate whether local contact
scenarios have led to the formation of regionally distinctive varieties
across the island. Insights from St Helenian English thus challenge us to
rethink principles of classification that are applied to determine the
status of post-colonial varieties of English.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng )

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