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Twentieth-Century English
History, Variation and Standardization

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Part of Studies in English Language

  • Date Published: July 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521115834

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  • Standard English has evolved and developed in many ways over the past hundred years. From pronunciation to vocabulary to grammar, this concise survey clearly documents the recent history of Standard English. Drawing on large amounts of authentic corpus data, it shows how we can track ongoing changes to the language, and demonstrates each of the major developments that have taken place. As well as taking insights from a vast body of literature, Christian Mair presents the results of his own cutting-edge research, revealing some important changes which have not been previously documented. He concludes by exploring how social and cultural factors, such as the American influence on British English, have affected Standard English in recent times. Authoritative, informative and engaging, this book will be essential reading for anyone interested in language change in progress, particularly those working on English, and will be welcomed by students, researchers and language teachers alike.

    • Every claim made about language change is backed up with examples from authentic data
    • Looks at changes to both linguistic structure and style
    • First comprehensive treatment of this important topic in a single volume
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    'Mair's thoroughness is illustrated in the responsible argumentation which leaves hardly any claim untested. … a very welcome addition to the literature available.' Manfred Görlach

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    • Date Published: July 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521115834
    • length: 264 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • contains: 2 maps 71 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Setting the scene
    2. Ongoing language change: problems of detection and verification
    3. Lexical change in twentieth-century English
    4. Grammatical changes in twentieth-century English
    5. Pronunciation
    6. Language change in context: changing communicative and discourse norms in twentieth-century English
    7. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Christian Mair, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany
    Christian Mair is Chair in English Linguistics at the Universität Freiburg, Germany.

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