A Dictionary of Varieties of English by Raymond Hickey

By Raymond Hickey

A Dictionary of types of English offers a finished directory of the distinct dialects and varieties of English spoken during the modern world.

  • Provides a useful advent and consultant to present study traits within the field
  • Includes definitions either for the varieties of English and areas they characteristic, and for terms and concepts derived from a linguistic research of those varieties
  • Explores vital examine matters together with the transportation of dialects of English, the increase of ‘New Englishes’, sociolinguistic investigations of assorted English-speaking locales, and the research of language touch and change.
  • Reflects our elevated knowledge of worldwide types of English, and the advances made within the learn of sorts of the language in contemporary decades
  • Creates a useful, informative source for college kids and students alike, spanning the wealthy and numerous linguistic kinds of the main extensively accredited language of foreign communication

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A Proposal for Correcting, Improving, and Ascertaining the English Tongue In the Augustan era (early eighteenth century) a general opinion was that English had decayed considerably after the Elizabethan era. For this reason Jonathan Swift published his proposal in 1712 and expressed his views on how the language was deteriorating. 2]). 1]), as in cross /krɔːs/, often /ɔːfn̩/, cloth /klɔːθ/ but is not found with younger speakers. In most of these instances the pronunciation has been reversed to a short vowel in RP but the long vowel has been retained in other varieties of English, for example Dublin English.

Prior to this, the brief use of ‘Afro-American’, which did not imply equal status of both elements, was discontinued. 1]. 10] but was never widespread in linguistic literature. The linguistic term ‘African American English’ follows a preference in American society for ‘African American’ rather than ‘black’ as not all members of this ethnic group are the sole descendants of Africans. In other countries ‘Black 20 African American English, theories of origin English’ is a common label for the speech of those of African descent, cf.

1]). The pidgins which still exist in the Kimberley region (north-western Australia), the Northern Territory and Cape York Peninsula are taken to be remnants of a much wider spread of pidgins across northern, eastern and southeastern Australia. The settlement of later Queensland between 1823 and 1859 may have involved the use of New South Wales pidgin English as a lingua franca by the native population, this hypothesis being supported by the occurrence of words in pidgin English in Queensland from ­languages of the Sydney area.

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