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.
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.