The English languages / Tom McArthur.

By: McArthur, Tom (Thomas Burns)
Material type: TextTextLanguage: English Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1998Description: xxi, 247 p. : ill., maps ; 22 cmISBN: 0521485827 (pbk.); 0521481309 (hardback); 9780521485821Subject(s): English language -- Variation -- English-speaking countries | English language -- Variation -- Foreign countries | English language -- Variation -- Great Britain | Communication, InternationalDDC classification: 427 LOC classification: PE2751 | .M38 1998Online resources: Table of contents | Publisher description | WorldCat details
Contents:
Table of contents Organized Babel -- A universal resource -- Cracks in the academic monolith -- Models of English -- Standardness -- Scots and southron -- Substrates and superstrates -- The Latin analogy -- The shapes of English.
Summary: Summary: "Hundreds of millions of people use English every day everywhere in the world, but may or may not succeed in understanding one 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 language has ever been - and is likely to become more so in the next century. This book is a compelling and wide-ranging invitation to consider the nature, the varieties, the descriptions, the options, and the implications of this vast system. The English Languages looks at the 'pluralism' of English - the many 'Englishes' identified by scholars in the last twenty years - and addresses the question of whether English can be considered a family of languages in its own right, like the Romance languages."--BOOK JACKET.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Table of contents Organized Babel --
A universal resource --
Cracks in the academic monolith --
Models of English --
Standardness --
Scots and southron --
Substrates and superstrates --
The Latin analogy --
The shapes of English.

Summary:
"Hundreds of millions of people use English every day everywhere in the world, but may or may not succeed in understanding one 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 language has ever been - and is likely to become more so in the next century. This book is a compelling and wide-ranging invitation to consider the nature, the varieties, the descriptions, the options, and the implications of this vast system. The English Languages looks at the 'pluralism' of English - the many 'Englishes' identified by scholars in the last twenty years - and addresses the question of whether English can be considered a family of languages in its own right, like the Romance languages."--BOOK JACKET.

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