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."
Preface; 1. Introductory; 2. How each individual acquires his language; 3. The conservative and alternative forces in language; 4. Growth of language; 5. Growth of language (cont.); 6. Growth of language (cont.); 7. Growth of language (cont.); 8. Summary: the name-making process; 9. Local and class variation of language; 10. Indo-European language; 11. Linguistic structure; 12. Other families of language; 13. Language and ethnology; 14. Nature and origin of language; 15. The science of language; Index.