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LINGUIST List 21.4575

Mon Nov 15 2010

Books: Historical Linguistics/Sociolinguistics: Trudgill

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        1.     Joyce Reid , Investigations in Sociohistorical Linguistics: Trudgill

Message 1: Investigations in Sociohistorical Linguistics: Trudgill
Date: 15-Nov-2010
From: Joyce Reid <jreidcambridge.org>
Subject: Investigations in Sociohistorical Linguistics: Trudgill
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Title: Investigations in Sociohistorical Linguistics
Subtitle: Stories of Colonisation and Contact
Published: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Book URL: http://www.cambridge.org/us/knowledge/isbn/item4027661/?site_locale=en_US

Author: Peter Trudgill
Electronic: ISBN: 9780511913778 Pages: 232 Price: U.S. $ 24.00 Comment: Mobipocket eBook
Electronic: ISBN: 9780511910814 Pages: 232 Price: U.S. $ 24.00 Comment: Adobe eBook Reader
Hardback: ISBN: 9780521115292 Pages: 232 Price: U.S. $ 99.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521132930 Pages: 232 Price: U.S. $ 29.99

In the last five hundred years or so, the English language has undergone
remarkable geographical expansion, bringing it into contact with other
languages in new locations. It also caused different regional dialects of
the language to come into contact with each other in colonial situations.
This book is made up of a number of fascinating tales of
historical-sociolinguistic detection. These are stories of origins - of a
particular variety of English or linguistic feature - which together tell a
compelling general story.

In each case, Trudgill presents an intriguing puzzle, locates and examines
the evidence, detects clues that unravel the mystery, and finally proposes
a solution. The solutions are all original, often surprising, sometimes
highly controversial. Providing a unique insight into how language contact
shapes varieties of English, this entertaining yet rigorous account will be
welcomed by students and researchers in linguistics, sociolinguistics and
historical linguistics.

* Written by the world's leading dialectologist of English and one of its
leading sociolinguists
* Addresses a series of unsolved linguistic questions to intrigue those
with an interest in solving historical-linguistic puzzles
* Data is taken from a wide range of varieties of English, which will be
informative for readers with an interest in lesser-known Englishes

Prologue: colonisation and contact
1. What really happened to Old English?
2. East Anglian English and the Spanish Inquisition
3. On Anguilla and The Pickwick Papers
4. The last Yankee in the Pacific
5. An American lack of dynamism
6. Colonial lag?
7. 'The new non-rhotic style'
8. What became of all the Scots?
Epilogue: the critical threshold and interactional synchrony.


"Trudgill has done it again, producing a provocative and interesting book
on a subject on which he is a recognized authority. This work will be read
with interest by all concerned with language contact, language change, and
the history of English." --Brian D. Joseph, The Ohio State University

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng )

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