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Postcolonial English: Varieties Around the World

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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.
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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.
Edgar W. Schneider is Professor and Chair of English Linguistics in the Department of English and American Studies, University of Regensburg.
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.
'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!
Author
Edgar W. Schneider
Short Title
POSTCOLONIAL ENGLISH
Pages
367
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Language
English
ISBN-10
0521539013
ISBN-13
9780521539012
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
Illustrations
Yes
Year
2007
Publication Date
2007-06-30
Imprint
Cambridge University Press
Subtitle
Varieties Around the World
Place of Publication
Cambridge
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
DEWEY
427
Birth
1954
Series
Cambridge Approaches to Language Contact (Paperback)
Residence
US
Affiliation
Universitat Regensburg (Germany)
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