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The English Language in Canada
Status, History and Comparative Analysis


Part of Studies in English Language

  • Date Published: April 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107688148

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  • The English Language in Canada examines the current status, history and principal features of Canadian English, focusing on the 'standard' variety heard across the country today. The discussion of the status of Canadian English considers the number and distribution of its speakers, its relation to French and other Canadian languages and to American English, its status as the expressive medium of English Canadian culture and its treatment in previous research. The review of its history concentrates on the historical roots and patterns of English-speaking settlement that established Canadian English and influenced its character in each region of Canada. The analysis of its principal features compares the vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar of Canadian English to standard British and American English. Subsequent chapters examine variation and change in the vocabulary and pronunciation of Canadian English, while a final chapter briefly considers the future of Canadian English.

    • The first single-author, book-length, comprehensive, academic study of Canadian English
    • Provides descriptions of the major features of Canadian English, using original data and references to previous studies
    • Includes suggestions for future research and an extensive bibliography
    • Takes an interdisciplinary approach to Canadian English, with perspectives that will appeal to students and scholars in Canadian studies, cultural studies, English, history, political science and sociology, as well as linguistics
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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107688148
    • length: 292 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • contains: 23 b/w illus. 3 maps 45 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. English in the Canadian context
    2. The establishment and growth of Canada's English-speaking population
    3. The principal features of Canadian English: a comparative view
    4. Variation and change in the vocabulary of Canadian English
    5. Variation and change in the phonetics of Canadian English
    6. Summary and future directions.

  • Author

    Charles Boberg, McGill University, Montréal
    Charles Boberg obtained his BA in Political Science from the University of Alberta (1986) and his Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania (1997). He now teaches Linguistics at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. His research interests focus on variation and change in North American English, particularly Canadian English. He is a co-author, with William Labov and Sharon Ash, of the Atlas of North American English: Phonetics, Phonology and Sound Change (2006).

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