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Hundreds of millions of people use English every day everywhere in the world, but may or may not succeed in understanding each other. Despite the success of its standard form (or forms) in many countries, the complex called 'English' is immensely diverse - probably more diverse than any single language has ever been - and is likely to become even more so in the next century. This book is a compelling and broad-ranging invitation to consider the variety, the options and the implications of this vast system. The English Languages looks at the 'pluralism' of English, the 'Englishes', that have arisen in the last twenty years or so, and addresses the question of whether or not English can be considered a family of languages in its own right, like the Romance languages.

Synopsis:

Hundreds of millions of people use English every day everywhere in the world, but despite the success of its standard form (or forms) in many countries, the complex called 'English' is immensely diverse and is likely to become even more so in the next century. This book is a compelling and broad-ranging invitation to consider the variety, the options and the implications of this vast system, addressing such questions as 'Can English be considered a family of languages in its own right, like the Romance languages?'

Synopsis:

Plural? monolithic? legion? - Tom McArthur explores the nature of English in its local and global contexts.

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Organized Babel; 2. A universal resource; 3. Cracks in the academic monolith; 4. Models of English; 5. Standardness; 6. Scots and Southron; 7. Substrates and supersubstrates; 8. The Latin analogy; 9. The shapes of English; Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521481304
Author:
Mcarthur, Tom
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Author:
McArthur, Tom
Location:
Cambridge, United Kingdom ;
Subject:
Communication, international
Subject:
English language -- Variation -- Great Britain.
Subject:
English language -- Variation -- Foreign countries.
Subject:
English language -- Variation -- English-speaking countries.
Subject:
General Language Arts & Disciplines
Subject:
Linguistics - General
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Publication Date:
19980431
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
12 line diagrams
Pages:
270
Dimensions:
5.50x8.50x.75 in. 1.08 lbs.

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Linguistics » General
History and Social Science » Linguistics » Specific Languages and Groups
Humanities » Philosophy » General
Reference » Words Phrases and Language

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"Synopsis" by , Hundreds of millions of people use English every day everywhere in the world, but despite the success of its standard form (or forms) in many countries, the complex called 'English' is immensely diverse and is likely to become even more so in the next century. This book is a compelling and broad-ranging invitation to consider the variety, the options and the implications of this vast system, addressing such questions as 'Can English be considered a family of languages in its own right, like the Romance languages?'
"Synopsis" by , Plural? monolithic? legion? - Tom McArthur explores the nature of English in its local and global contexts.
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