The Lesser-Known Varieties of English: An Introduction
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This is the first ever volume to compile sociolinguistic and historical information on lesser-known, and relatively ignored, native varieties of English around the world. Exploring areas as diverse as the Pacific, South America, the South Atlantic and West Africa, it shows how these varieties are as much part of the big picture as major varieties and that their analysis is essential for addressing some truly important issues in linguistic theory, such as dialect obsolescence and death, language birth, dialect typology and genetic classification, patterns of diffusion and transplantation and…mehr

Produktbeschreibung
This is the first ever volume to compile sociolinguistic and historical information on lesser-known, and relatively ignored, native varieties of English around the world. Exploring areas as diverse as the Pacific, South America, the South Atlantic and West Africa, it shows how these varieties are as much part of the big picture as major varieties and that their analysis is essential for addressing some truly important issues in linguistic theory, such as dialect obsolescence and death, language birth, dialect typology and genetic classification, patterns of diffusion and transplantation and contact-induced language change. It also shows how close interwoven fields such as social history, contact linguistics and variationist sociolinguistics are in accounting for their formation and maintenance, providing a thorough description of the lesser-known varieties of English and their relevance for language spread and change.
  • Produktdetails
  • Studies in English Language
  • Verlag: Cambridge University Press
  • Seitenzahl: 370
  • Erscheinungstermin: Mai 2010
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 226mm x 153mm x 20mm
  • Gewicht: 620g
  • ISBN-13: 9780521710169
  • ISBN-10: 0521710162
  • Artikelnr.: 28024732
Autorenporträt
Schreier, Daniel§Daniel Schreier is Professor of English at the University of Zurich. He has taught and lectured in New Zealand, Germany and in the USA. His previous publications include Isolation and Language Change (2003), Consonant Change in English Worldwide (2005) and St Helenian English (2008).
Inhaltsangabe
1. Introduction Daniel Schreier, Peter Trudgill, Edgar W. Schneider and Jeffrey Williams; Part I. The British Isles: 2. Shetlands and Orkney Gunnel Melchers and Peter Sundkvist; 3. Channel Islands Mari C. Jones; Part II. The Americas and the Caribbean: 4. Canadian maritimes Michael Kiefte; 5. Newfoundland and Labrador Sandra Clarke; 6. Honduras/Bay Islands Ross Graham; 7. White Caribbean Jeffrey P. Williams; 8. Bahamas Jeff Reaser, 9. Dominican Kokoy Michael Aceto; 10. Anglo-Argentinian English Julian Jefferies; Part III. South Atlantic Ocean: 11. Falkland Islands David Britain and Andrea Sudbury; 12. St Helena Daniel Schreier; 13. Tristan da Cunha Daniel Schreier; Part IV. Africa: 14. White Zimbabwean English Susan Fitzmaurice; 15. White Kenyan English Thomas Hoffmann; Part V. Australasia and Pacific: 16. Eurasian English in Singapore Lionel Wee; 17. Peranakans English in Malaysia and Singapore Lisa Lim; 18. Norfolk Island and Pitcairn Peter Mühlhäusler.
Rezensionen
'... represents a treasure trove of fascinating materials about the varieties of English, many of which have not been described in detail before ... scholars of English in many different fields will find the material exceptionally valuable.' David Deterding, English World-Wide