English in its Social Contexts: Essays in Historical Sociolinguistics by Tim William MachanEnglish in its Social Contexts: Essays in Historical Sociolinguistics by Tim William Machan

English in its Social Contexts: Essays in Historical Sociolinguistics

EditorTim William Machan, Charles T. Scott

Paperback | April 1, 1987

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The second volume in the Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics series, this collection of essays addresses each of the traditional periods of English, acknowledging the effect of external social context on determining the direction of changes within the language's syntax, phonology, and lexicon.Topics covered include the social status and uses of English, the relationship between English and co-existent languages, the relationship between varieties of spoken and written language, language as a political and socioeconomic instrument, and attitudes towards varieties of English. A broadintroduction to sociolinguistics, this text also provides students of linguistics and the English language with an important revision of the traditional approaches to the history of language.
Tim William Machan is at Marquette University. Charles T. Scott is at University of Wisconsin, Madison.
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Title:English in its Social Contexts: Essays in Historical SociolinguisticsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 6.14 × 9.25 × 0.87 inPublished:April 1, 1987Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019506500X

ISBN - 13:9780195065008

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Table of Contents

The Phonemes of Present-Day EnglishContrastive PairsCharles T. Scott and Tim William Machan: Introduction: Sociolinguistics, Language Change, and the History of English1. Thomas Toon: The Social and Political Contexts of Language Change in Anglo-Saxon England2. Jeremy J. Smith: The Use of English: Language Contact, Dialect Variation and Written Standardization during the Middle English Period3. Joseph M. Williams: "O! when degree is shak'd": Sixteenth-Century Anticipation of Some Modern Attitudes towards Usage4. Edward Finegan: Style and Standardization in England: 1700-19005. Craig M. Carver: The Mayflower to the Model-T: The Development of American English6. John Algeo: Sociolinguistic Attitudes and Issues in Contemporary Britain7. Judith Rodby: A Polyphony of Voices: The Dialectics of Linguistic Unity and Diversity in the Twentieth-Century United States8. John Gunn: Social Contexts in the History of Australian English9. Braj Kachru: The Second Diaspora of EnglishSuzanne Romaine: Afterword: English: from Village to Global VillageIndex

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These essays address each of the traditional periods of English, acknowledging the effect of external social context on determining the direction of changes within the language's syntax, phonology, and lexicon.

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"This volume brings a breadth of approach rarely encountered in the formal study of language to bear on diverse and absorbing topics in the history of English. It will undoubtedly be welcomed by those interested in language and culture."--Language