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By Dick Leith

ISBN-10: 0203992865

ISBN-13: 9780203992869

ISBN-10: 0415097975

ISBN-13: 9780415097970

ISBN-10: 0415164567

ISBN-13: 9780415164566

A Social heritage of English is the 1st background of the English language to make use of the concepts, insights and matters of sociolinguistics. Written in a non-technical approach, it takes into consideration standardization, pidginization, bi- and multilingualism, the problems of language upkeep and language loyalty, and linguistic variation.
This re-creation has been totally revised. Additions comprise: * new fabric approximately 'New Englishes' around the world
* a brand new bankruptcy entitled 'A severe Linguistic background of English Texts'
* a dialogue of difficulties fascinated about writing a historical past of English
All phrases and ideas are defined as they're brought, and linguistic examples are selected for his or her accessibility and intelligibility to the final reader.
It may be of curiosity to scholars of Sociolinguistics, English Language, historical past and Cultural stories.

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While people had been used to hearing sermons spoken in English, these printed texts seemed to the most devout to bring to them the word of God itself, in their own language. This process of vernacularisation culminated in the publication of the Authorised Version of the Bible in 1611, a text often regarded as a landmark in the history of English. It furnished English with a dignified and elevated language of worship, what might even be called a classical variety of its own to match the Latin of Catholicism.

They became patois, unwritten vehicles for informal, everyday conversation among equals. The process of standardisation may be said, therefore, to have involved an accompanying process of patoisation. The new metropolitan variety had to function in those domains previously associated, either fully or in part, with the use of Latin and French: law, government, literature, religion, scholarship, and education. Progress for English against the incumbent languages in these domains was often rather uneven, slow, and at times controversial, and the circumstances of its adoption were often different in each case.

After further Scandinavian invasions and depredations had brought a Danish king, Cnut, to the English throne, another foreign dynasty was to be imposed on England; Scandinavian in origin, but speaking another language. THE NORMANS The Viking adventurers who settled in Normandy in northern France during the early tenth century were also baptised and ceded territory like their counterparts in England. Again, they did not impose their oral vernacular, but were gradually assimilated to the customs and language of the more centralised lands they colonised.

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