Changing English examines the history of English from its origins in the fifth century to the present day. It focuses on the radical changes that have taken place in the structure of English over a millennium and a half, detailing the influences of migration, colonialism and many other historical, social and cultural phenomena. Expert authors illustrate and analyze dialects, accents and the shifting styles of individual speakers as they respond to changing circumstances. The reader is introduced to many key debates relating to the English language, illustrated by specific examples of data in context.
Including key material retained from the earlier bestselling book, English: History, Diversity and Change, this edition has been thoroughly reorganized and updated with entirely new material. Changing English:
- explains basic concepts, easily located through a comprehensive index
- includes contributions by experts in the field, such as David Crystal, David Graddol, Dick Leith, Lynda Mugglestone and Joan Swann
- contains a range of source material and commissioned readings to supplement chapters.
Changing English makes an essential contribution to the field of English language studies.
Table of Contents
1. English Voices 2. The Origins of English ; Revised and Updated with Substantial New Material 3. Modernity and English as a National Language 4. English – Colonial to Postcolonial 5. Accent as Social Symbol 6. Dialect Variation in English 7. Style Shifting, Codeswitching. References. Acknowledgements. Index
David Graddol, Dick Leith, Joan Swann and Martin Rhys are all affiliated to the Open Universty, Julia Gillen is at Lancaster University.