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Sun Nov 25 2012

Books: The Emergence of the English Native Speaker: Hackert

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Date: 20-Nov-2012
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Subject: The Emergence of the English Native Speaker: Hackert
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Title: The Emergence of the English Native SpeakerSubtitle: A Chapter in Nineteenth-Century Linguistic ThoughtSeries Title: Language and Social Processes [LSP] 4

Publication Year: 2012Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton

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Author: Stephanie Hackert

Electronic: ISBN: 9781614511052 Pages: 306 Price: Europe EURO 99.95Hardback: ISBN: 9781614511403 Pages: 306 Price: Europe EURO 99.95


The native speaker is one of the central but at the same time mostcontroversial concepts of modern linguistics. With regard to English, itbecame especially controversial with the rise of the so-called "NewEnglishes," where reality is much more complex than the neat distinction intonative and non-native speakers would make us believe. This volume reconstructsthe coming-into-being of the English native speaker in the second half of thenineteenth century in order to probe into the origins of the problemssurrounding the concept today. A corpus of texts which includes not only theclassics of the nineteenth-century linguistic literature but also numerouslesser-known articles from periodical journals of the time is investigated bymeans of historical discourse analysis in order to retrace the production andreproduction of this particularly important linguistic ideology.

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis Historical Linguistics Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng)

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