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Title: Investigations in Sociohistorical Linguistics
Subtitle: Stories of Colonisation and Contact
Written By: Peter Trudgill

In the last five hundred years or so, the English language has undergone
remarkable geographical expansion, bringing it into contact with other
languages in new locations. It also caused different regional dialects of
the language to come into contact with each other in colonial situations.
This book is made up of a number of fascinating tales of
historical-sociolinguistic detection. These are stories of origins – of a
particular variety of English or linguistic feature – which together tell a
compelling general story.

In each case, Trudgill presents an intriguing puzzle, locates and examines
the evidence, detects clues that unravel the mystery, and finally proposes
a solution. The solutions are all original, often surprising, sometimes
highly controversial. Providing a unique insight into how language contact
shapes varieties of English, this entertaining yet rigorous account will be
welcomed by students and researchers in linguistics, sociolinguistics and
historical linguistics.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9780511910814
Pages: 232
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ISBN-13: 9780521115292
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