LINGUIST List 22.1024

Wed Mar 02 2011

Books: Historical Ling/Socioling: Trudgill

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        1.     Joyce Reid , Investigations in Sociohistorical Linguistics: Trudgill

Message 1: Investigations in Sociohistorical Linguistics: Trudgill
Date: 25-Feb-2011
From: Joyce Reid <>
Subject: Investigations in Sociohistorical Linguistics: Trudgill
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Title: Investigations in Sociohistorical Linguistics Subtitle: Stories of Colonisation and Contact Published: 2010 Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Author: Peter Trudgill Hardback: ISBN: 9780521115292 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 99.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9780521115292 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 60.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521132930 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 18.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521132930 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 29.99

Please Note: This is a new version of a previously announced text.

In the last five hundred years or so, the English language has undergoneremarkable geographical expansion, bringing it into contact with otherlanguages in new locations. It also caused different regional dialects ofthe language to come into contact with each other in colonial situations.This book is made up of a number of fascinating tales ofhistorical-sociolinguistic detection. These are stories of origins - of aparticular variety of English or linguistic feature - which together tell acompelling general story. In each case, Trudgill presents an intriguingpuzzle, locates and examines the evidence, detects clues that unravel themystery, and finally proposes a solution. The solutions are all original,often surprising, sometimes highly controversial. Providing a uniqueinsight into how language contact shapes varieties of English, thisentertaining yet rigorous account will be welcomed by students andresearchers in linguistics,sociolinguistics and historical linguistics.

Prologue: colonisation and contact;

1. What really happened to Old English?;2. East Anglian English and the Spanish Inquisition;3. On Anguilla and The Pickwick Papers;4. The last Yankee in the Pacific;5. An American lack of dynamism;6. Colonial lag?;7. 'The new non-rhotic style';8. What became of all the Scots?;

Epilogue: the critical threshold and interactional synchrony.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics                             Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): Old English (ang)
Written In: English (eng )

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