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  • Print publication year: 1999
  • Online publication date: March 2008

1 - INTRODUCTION

Summary
This introduction presents an overview of concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book discusses regional forms of English which developed after 1776. One can identify a common core to British and American features of a language now more correctly called International English. The chapter addresses the common core of British and American English can be justified on several grounds, historical, social and linguistic. The split between the two major varieties is somewhat neater when looked at from a lexical and grammatical standpoint. Grammatical differences, in particular, tend to be for the most part minor, at least as far as the inner circle is concerned. If no distinctive vocabulary items are used, it is quite often not possible to tell in certain text types (apart from spelling) what nationality the author is.
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The Cambridge History of the English Language
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