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It's Been Said Before

By Orin Hargraves

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Sounds Fascinating

By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

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Title: Postcolonial English
Subtitle: Varieties around the world
Written By: Edgar W. W. Schneider

The global spread of English has resulted in the emergence of a diverse
range of postcolonial varieties around the world. Postcolonial English
provides a clear and original account of the evolution of these varieties,
exploring the historical, social and ecological factors that have shaped
all levels of their structure. It argues that while these Englishes have
developed new and unique properties which differ greatly from one location
to another, their spread and diversification can in fact be explained by a
single underlying process, which builds upon the constant relationships and
communication needs of the colonizers, the colonized, and other parties.
Outlining the stages and characteristics of this process, it applies them
in detail to English in sixteen different countries across all continents
as well as, in a separate chapter, to a history of American English.

Of key interest to sociolinguists, dialectologists, historical linguists and
syntacticians alike, this book provides a fascinating new picture of the
growth and evolution of English around the globe.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521831407
ISBN-13: 9780521831406
Pages: 384
Prices: U.S. $ 115.00
U.K. £ 60.00

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521539013
ISBN-13: 9780521539012
Pages: 384
Prices: U.S. $ 39.99
U.K. £ 21.99