Edited By Anita Auer, Daniel Schreier, and Richard J. Watts
This book "challenges the assumption that there is only one 'legitimate' and homogenous form of English or of any other language" and "supports the view of different/alternative histories of the English language and will appeal to readers who are skeptical of 'standard' language ideology."
Contemporary historical linguistics is characterized by basic instabilities in its theoretical foundations. The studies in this volume both reveal and question this theoretical instability. The authors reflect about the potentials and limitations of different paths to knowledge, different underlying theoretical and methodological principles, as well as about those aspects of research on the history of language linked to the history of science and epistemology.