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Title: English in the World
Subtitle: History, Diversity, Change
Edited By: Philip Seargeant
Joan Swann
URL: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415674218/
Series Title: Worlds of English
Description:

"English in the World: History, Diversity, Change" examines the English
language as it has developed through history and is used across the globe
today. The first half of the book outlines the history of the language from
its fifth-century roots through its development as a national, a colonial,
and now a global language. In the second half, the focus shifts to the
diversity of the language today.

The book explores varieties of English across the English-speaking world,
as well as English-related varieties such as pidgins and creoles. It also
examines complex processes of variation, hybridity and change in English,
and in the shifting styles of individual speakers. Throughout, the focus is
on the international nature of English and its use alongside other
languages in a diverse range of communities.

Drawing on the latest research and The Open University’s wide experience of
writing accessible and innovative texts, this book:

-explains basic concepts and assumes no previous study of English or
linguistics

-contains a range of source material and commissioned readings to
supplement chapters

-includes contributions from leading experts in their fields including Joan
Beal, Suresh Canagarajah, David Crystal, Jonathan Hope, Kay McCormick,
Miriam Meyerhoff, Rajend Mesthrie, Robert Podesva and Jennifer Smith

-has a truly international scope, encompassing examples and case studies
from the UK and North America, Australia and New Zealand, Europe, Asia, and
Africa

-is illustrated in full color to bring the fascinating study of the English
language alive

-includes a comprehensive index as well as useful appendices showing the
historical timeline of English and a brief introduction to the description
of linguistic features

English in the World: History, Diversity, Change is essential reading for
all students of English language studies.

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
History of Linguistics
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