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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 Historical Linguistics 2006
Subtitle: Volume III: Geo-Historical Variation in English. Selected papers from the fourteenth International Conference on English Historical Linguistics (ICEHL 14), Bergamo, 21-25 August 2006
Edited By: Marina Dossena
Richard Dury
Maurizio Gotti
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=CILT%20297
Series Title: Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 297

Part of the set: Dossena, Marina, Richard Dury and Maurizio Gotti (eds.),
English Historical Linguistics 2006: Volume I: Syntax and Morphology &
Volume II: Lexical and Semantic Change & Volume III: Geo-Historical
Variation in English (3 vols. set). Selected papers from the fourteenth
International Conference on English Historical Linguistics (ICEHL 14),
Bergamo, 21-25 August 2006.

The papers collected in this volume were first presented at the 14th
International Conference on English Historical Linguistics (Bergamo, 2006).
Alongside studies of syntax, morphology, lexis and semantics, published in
two sister volumes, many innovative contributions focused on geo-historical
variation in English. A carefully peer-reviewed selection, including two
plenary lectures, appears here in print for the first time, bearing witness
to the increasing scholarly interest in varieties of English other than
so-called 'standard' English. In all the contributions, well-established
methods of historical dialectology combine with new theoretical approaches,
in an attempt to shed more light on phenomena that have hitherto remained
unexplored, or have only just begun to be investigated. Perceptual
dialectology is also taken into consideration, and state-of-the-art tools,
such as electronic corpora and atlases, are employed consistently, ensuring
the methodological homogeneity of the contributions.

Table of contents

Foreword vii–viii

Introduction ix–xiii

The early Middle English scribe: Sprach er wie er schrieb?
Margaret Laing 1–44

Essex/Suffolk scribes and their language in fifteenth-century London,
Lister M. Matheson 45–65

Middle English word geography: Methodology and applications illustrated,
María José Carrillo Linares and Edurne Garrido Anes 67–89

Northern Middle English: Towards telling the full story,
Julia Fernández Cuesta and Nieves Rodríguez Ledesma 91–109

The origins of the Northern Subject Rule,
Nynke de Haas 111–130

Dynamic dialectology and social networks,
Mieko Ogura and William S-Y. Wang 131–151

The Celtic hypothesis hasn't gone away: New perspectives on old debates
Markku Filppula 153–170,

On the trail of "intolerable Scoto-Hibernic jargon": Ulster English, Irish
English and dialect hygiene in William Carleton's Traits and stories of the
Irish peasantry (First Series, 1830),
Kevin McCafferty 171–184

Exceptions to sound change and external motivation,
Raymond Hickey 185–194

Index of subjects 195–197

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789027248121
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