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Title: Alternative Histories of the English Language
Edited By: Peter Trudgill
Richard J. Watts
Description:

ALTERNATIVE HISTORIES OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

This groundbreaking book deviates from the standard or "textbook" way of looking at the history of the English language. Emphasis is placed on a linguistic description of English in a much broader sense. A range of international contributors provide accounts of the histories of non-standard, non-British and non-American varieties. By approaching and including non-formal styles and registers, and the pragmatic and communicative aspects of English, it opens the door to unbiased consideration of such topics as South African Indian English,
Southern Hemisphere Englishes, and Early Modern English women's writing. Watts' and Trudgill's collection shows how a focus on the history of standard English dialect is to the detriment of those which are from other areas of the world.

February 2002: 288 pp
HB: 0415233569: $80.00 £50.00
PB: 0415233577: $25.95 £15.99

Introduction: In the Year 2525, PETER TRUDGILL AND RICHARD
WATTS PROLOGUE
1. The Legitimate Language: Giving a History to English,
Jim Milroy
PART I
Introduction to Part I
2. The History of the Lesser-known Varieties of English, PETER
TRUDGILL
3. 'North of Watford Gap': A Cultural History of Northern
English (from 1700), KATIE WALES
4. The History of Southern Hemisphere Englishes, ELIZABETH
GORDON AND ANDREA SUDBURY
5. 'Deformed in the Dialects': An Alternative History of
Non-standard English, SHANA POPLACK, GERARD VAN HERK AND
DAWN HARVIE
6. Building a New English Dialect: South African Indian
English and the History of Englishes, RAJEND MESTHRIE
7. The Story of Good and Bad English in the United States,
DENNIS PRESTON
Part II
Introduction to Part II
8. From Polite Language to Educated Language: The
Reemergence of an Ideology, RICHARD J. WATTS
9. Eloquence and Elegance: Ideals of Communicative Competence in Spoken English, SHARON MILLAR
10. Women's Writings as Evidence for Linguistic Continuity and Change in Early Modern English, TERTTU NEVALAINEN
11. Discourse Markers in Early Modern English, ANDREAS H.
JUCKER
12. Epilogue: Broadcasting the Nonstandard Message, DAVID
CRYSTAL
References

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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ISBN: 0415233569
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Pages: 288
Prices: US$80.00/GBP50.00

 
 
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0415233577
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 288
Prices: US$25.95/GBP15.99