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Journal Title: English Today
Volume/Issue:   22/1
Date: January 2006
Table of Contents: Vowel reduction and suffixation in Nigeria
by Adenike Akinjobi
pp 10-17

Beyond meatspace – or, Geeking out in e-English
by Angela P. Cheater
pp 18-28

A transcontinental distribution
by Tom McArthur
pp 2-2

Some reflections on English as a 'semi-sacred' language
by Barry Asker
pp 29-35

Challenges to a new generation of Nigerian writers in English
by Kehinde Adewale Ayoola
pp 3-9

Cut-down puns
by Antonio Lillo
pp 36-44

Tolkien the storyteller
by Ross Smith
pp 45-50

Focus: Fit for work?
by Angela P. Cheater
pp 51-53

Linguistic notes on English orthography and current usage
by † Alan S. Kaye
pp 54-56

Assimilation to /r/ in English initial consonant clusters
by Herbert Frederic W. Stahlke
pp 57-58

Schema theory and the humour of Little Britain
by Julia Snell
pp 59-64

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Linguistic Field(s): Phonology
Sociolinguistics
 
LL Issue: 17.235