By Philip Seargeant, Joan Swann
English on this planet: heritage, variety, swap examines the English language because it has built via historical past and is used around the globe at the present time. the 1st 1/2 the e-book outlines the heritage of the language from its fifth-century roots via its improvement as a countrywide, a colonial, and now a world language. within the moment part, the point of interest shifts to the variety of the language this present day. The booklet explores forms of English around the English-speaking global, in addition to English-related kinds reminiscent of pidgins and creoles. It additionally examines advanced approaches of version, hybridity and alter in English, and within the moving kinds of person audio system. all through, the focal point is at the foreign nature of English and its use along different languages in a various diversity of groups. Drawing at the most recent learn and The Open University’s large adventure of writing obtainable and leading edge texts, this e-book: • explains uncomplicated recommendations and assumes no past examine of English or linguistics • includes a variety of resource fabric and commissioned readings to complement chapters • comprises contributions from top specialists of their fields together with Joan Beal, Suresh Canagarajah, David Crystal, Jonathan desire, Kay McCormick, Miriam Meyerhoff, Rajend Mesthrie, Robert Podesva and Jennifer Smith • has a very overseas scope, encompassing examples and case stories from the united kingdom and North the United States, Australia and New Zealand, Europe, Asia, and Africa • is illustrated in complete color to deliver the interesting learn of the English language alive • incorporates a entire index in addition to worthwhile appendices exhibiting the ancient timeline of English and a short creation to the outline of linguistic good points English on the planet: background, range, swap is vital studying for all scholars of English language experiences.