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The English Languages (Canto Book)by Tom Mcarthur
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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 past 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.
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 â€˜Englishâ€™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 â€˜Can English be considered a family of languages in its own right, like the Romance languages?â€™
With ever expanding networks of communication, and the increasing globalization of 'English', this timely and broad-ranging book looks at just what this complex of language is, and the variety, implications and options of this vast, pluralistic system that incorporates dialects, creoles, and local variations.
Plural? Monolithic? Legion? - Tom McArthur explores the nature of English in its local and global contexts.
Table of Contents
Introduction; Acknowledgements; 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 superstrates; 8. The Latin analogy; 9. The shapes of English; Index.
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