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Title: Twentieth-Century English
Subtitle: History, Variation and Standardization
Written By: Christian Mair
Description:

Note: This is a new edition of a previously published title.

Standard English has evolved and developed in many ways over the past
hundred years. From pronunciation to vocabulary to grammar, this concise
survey clearly documents the recent history of Standard English. Drawing on
large amounts of authentic corpus data, it shows how we can track ongoing
changes to the language, and demonstrates each of the major developments
that have taken place. As well as taking insights from a vast body of
literature, Christian Mair presents the results of his own cutting-edge
research, revealing some important changes which have not been previously
documented. He concludes by exploring how social and cultural factors, such
as the American influence on British English, have affected Standard
English in recent times. Authoritative, informative and engaging, this book
will be essential reading for anyone interested in language change in
progress, particularly those working on English, and will be welcomed by
students, researchers and language teachers alike.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Versions:
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521115833
ISBN-13: 9780521115834
Prices: U.K. £ 19.99
U.S. $ 36.99