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What is English? And Why Should We Care?

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To find some answers Tim Machan explores the language's present and past, and looks ahead to its futures among the one and a half billion people who speak it. His search is fascinating and important, for definitions of English have influenced education and law in many countries and helped shape the identities of those who live in them.

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Title: English Accents and Dialects, Fourth Edition
Subtitle: An Introduction to Social and Regional Varieties of English in the British Isles
Written By: Arthur John Hughes
Peter Trudgill
Dominic Watt

'English Accents and Dialects' is a unique introductory survey of the main
regional and social varieties of English spoken in the British Isles. The
authors discuss accent and dialect in the broader framework of language
variation, including phonetic, phonological, grammatical, lexical,
historical and stylistic differences. This is followed by a survey of the
speech of different areas of the British Isles. The CD, which accompanies
the book, consists of edited interviews (all transcribed in the book) with
speakers from each of the different areas.

The fourth edition has been expanded and updated to give substantial new
information. Of particular importance in this new edition are the sections
on Aberdeen, Galway and Leicester


Phonetic symbols

Variation in English

Dialect variation

Received Pronunciation

Regional Accent variation

British Isles accents and dialects:
South Wales
West Midlands
Lowland Scots

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Further reading and references


Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: Hodder Education
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Language Documentation
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0340887184
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: c.176pp
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