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By Peter Trudgill, Richard J. Watts

ISBN-10: 0203468007

ISBN-13: 9780203468005

ISBN-10: 0415233569

ISBN-13: 9780415233569

This groundbreaking assortment explores the ideals and methods to the background of English that don't make it into normal textbooks.
Orthodox histories have awarded a tunnel model of the historical past of the English language that is sociologically insufficient. during this e-book more than a few best foreign students express how this concentrate on regular English dialect is to the detriment of these that are non-standard or from different parts of the area. Alternative Histories of English:
* finds the variety of attainable 'narratives' approximately how various sorts of 'Englishes' can have emerged
* areas emphasis on pragmatic, sociolinguistic and discourse-oriented elements of English instead of the normal grammar, vocabulary and phonology
* considers different issues together with South African English, Indian English, Southern Hemisphere Englishes, Early sleek English, women's writing, and politeness.
Presenting a fuller and richer photo of the complexity of the historical past of English, the participants to Alternative Histories of English clarify why English is the various global language it really is this day.

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The ideological effect here is that Anglo-Frisian supplies the immediate pre-history of English and extends its pedigree backwards. It becomes possible in principle for someone like Claiborne to state that ‘English’ was actually spoken on the continent before the invasion of Britain, and, indeed, there is no purely linguistic reason why, if we recognize Old English as ‘English’, this should not be accepted – in language-internal terms it is a seamless continuum. From this point of view, the English language as a language does not have a beginning.

Anguilla has a community of Whites who arrived from other islands in the late 1600s, later reinforced by other arrivals from other islands who came around 1800. White immigration to St Lucia from Scotland, with some settlers arriving also from England and Ireland, dated from the 1830s, but most if not all of these have subsequently emigrated. Some White communities descend from people who were relocated from other islands by government policy in the 1860s. This relocation was a response to the perceived poverty and unemployment of poor Whites in a number of the original communities.

To conventional historians of English, this difficulty has merely constituted a challenge. English has to have ancient origins, it has to have a clearly defined lineage, it has to be a Germanic language, and the transition from AngloSaxon to Middle English has to be seamless. Scholars have had to find as many reasons as possible to argue for continuity. For them, this Anglo-Saxon language was definitely English, and to emphasise the point they preferred to call it Old English, rather than Anglo-Saxon.

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