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Postcolonial English
Varieties around the World

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Part of Cambridge Approaches to Language Contact

  • Date Published: May 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521539012

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  • The global spread of English has resulted in the emergence of a diverse range of postcolonial varieties around the world. Postcolonial English provides a clear and original account of the evolution of these varieties, exploring the historical, social and ecological factors that have shaped all levels of their structure. It argues that while these Englishes have developed new and unique properties which differ greatly from one location to another, their spread and diversification can in fact be explained by a single underlying process, which builds upon the constant relationships and communication needs of the colonizers, the colonized, and other parties. Outlining the stages and characteristics of this process, it applies them in detail to English in sixteen different countries across all continents as well as, in a separate chapter, to a history of American English. Of key interest to sociolinguists, dialectologists, historical linguists and syntacticians alike, this book provides a fascinating new picture of the growth and evolution of English around the globe.

    • The first detailed history of such a large number of postcolonial Englishes and from such a diverse range of countries and continents
    • Makes fresh insights which link apparently unrelated phenomena
    • Sets linguistic processes within a detailed historical and sociocultural background
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    'This book is without doubt an invaluable companion for not only linguists but also culturalists, anthropologists, sociologists, political analysts … and other scholars interested in language spread, contact and change.' The Linguist List!

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    • Date Published: May 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521539012
    • length: 384 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus. 9 maps 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Charting the territory: postcolonial English as a field of linguistic investigation
    3. The evolution of postcolonial English: the dynamic model
    4. Linguistic aspects of nativization
    5. Countries along the cycle: case studies
    6. The cycle in hindsight: the emergence of American English
    7. Conclusion.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Intro to world Englishes
  • Author

    Edgar W. Schneider, Universität Regensburg, Germany
    Edgar W. Schneider is Professor and Chair of English Linguistics in the Department of English and American Studies, University of Regensburg.

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