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Language in the British Isles

Language in the British Isles

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James Milroy, Paul Kerswill, Paul Foulkes, Gerard Docherty, Paul Johnston, Kevin McCafferty, Raymond Hickey, Robert Penhallurick, Andrew Hamer, Heinrich Ramisch, Paul Russell, Kenneth MacKinnon, Pádraig Ó Riagáin, Martin Ball, Mark Gibson, Mark Sebba, Mike Reynolds, Mahendra Verma, Li Wei, Penelope Gardner-Chloros, Bencie Woll, Rachel Sutton-Spence, Mari Jones, Peter Bakker, Donald Kenrick, Dennis Ager, Ann Williams, Ben Rampton, Roxy Harris, Constant Leung
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  • Date Published: October 2007
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521794886

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  • The British Isles are home to a vast range of different spoken and signed languages and dialects. Language continues to evolve rapidly, in its diversity, in the number and the backgrounds of its speakers, and in the repercussions it has had for political and educational affairs. This book provides a comprehensive survey of the dominant languages and dialects used in the British Isles. Topics covered include the history of English; the relationship between Standard and Non-Standard Englishes; the major non-standard varieties spoken on the islands; and the history of multilingualism; and the educational and planning implications of linguistic diversity in the British Isles. Among the many dialects and languages surveyed by the volume are British Black English, Celtic languages, Chinese, Indian, European migrant languages, British Sign Language, and Anglo-Romani. Clear and accessible in its approach, it will be welcomed by students in sociolinguistics, English language, and dialectology, as well as anyone interested more generally in language within British society.

    • A coherent survey of English dialects spoken in the British Isles
    • Brings together a team of leading experts on English and other languages spoken in the British Isles
    • Includes chapters on language planning and policy, as well as educational issues
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    • Date Published: October 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521794886
    • length: 522 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 33 mm
    • weight: 0.838kg
    • contains: 7 b/w illus. 4 maps 17 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction David Britain
    Part I. English:
    1. History of English James Milroy
    2. Standard and non-standard English Paul Kerswill
    3. Phonological variation in England Paul Foulkes and Gerard Docherty
    4. Grammatical variation in England David Britain
    5. Scottish English and Scots Paul Johnston
    6. Northern Irish English Kevin McCafferty
    7. Southern Irish English Raymond Hickey
    8. English in Wales Robert Penhallurick
    9. English on the Isle of Man Andrew Hamer
    10. English in the Channel Islands Heinrich Ramisch
    Part II. The Celtic Languages:
    11. The history of the Celtic languages in the British Isles Paul Russell
    12. Gaelic Kenneth MacKinnon
    13. Irish Pádraig Ó Riagáin
    14. Welsh Martin Ball
    Part III. Other Languages of the British Isles:
    15. Multilingualism Mark Gibson
    16. Caribbean creoles and Black English Mark Sebba
    17. Indic languages Mike Reynolds and Mahendra Verma
    18. Chinese Li Wei
    19. European immigrant languages Penelope Gardner-Chloros
    20. Sign languages Bencie Woll and Rachel Sutton-Spence
    21. Channel Island French Mari Jones
    22. Angloromani Peter Bakker and Donald Kenrick
    Part IV. Applied Sociolinguistic Issues:
    23. Language policy and planning Dennis Ager
    24. Non-standard English and education Ann Williams
    25. Education and languages other than English Ben Rampton, Roxy Harris and Constant Leung.

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    David Britain, University of Essex
    David Britain is Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Essex.

    Contributors

    James Milroy, Paul Kerswill, Paul Foulkes, Gerard Docherty, Paul Johnston, Kevin McCafferty, Raymond Hickey, Robert Penhallurick, Andrew Hamer, Heinrich Ramisch, Paul Russell, Kenneth MacKinnon, Pádraig Ó Riagáin, Martin Ball, Mark Gibson, Mark Sebba, Mike Reynolds, Mahendra Verma, Li Wei, Penelope Gardner-Chloros, Bencie Woll, Rachel Sutton-Spence, Mari Jones, Peter Bakker, Donald Kenrick, Dennis Ager, Ann Williams, Ben Rampton, Roxy Harris, Constant Leung

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