Philip Seargeant, Joan Swann's English in the World: History, Diversity, Change PDF

By Philip Seargeant, Joan Swann

ISBN-10: 0415674212

ISBN-13: 9780415674218

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.

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Almost 7,400 billion US dollars. How about for China? 550 billion US dollars. This is just small change for America. There’s a Japanese bank called Mitsubishi Bank. One bank’s deposit is 700 billion US dollars. More than that of all the banks in China combined. There’s another American company, Microsoft. Bill Gates’ Microsoft Company. Its value has exceeded 200 billion US dollars. There’s another American company, General Electric, whose value will reach 400–600 billion US dollars by the year 2000.

18 1 English in the world today A French-owned hotel innkeeping firm, Accor, has taken down the tricolor three-hued flag. In the House of Representatives Burghers, the chairman leader of the Committee Body on Administration Running Things has renamed named anew French fries ‘freedom fries’ and French toast ‘freedom toast’ in House restaurants eating rooms. To which the question asking arises: Why stop with Evian, Total gasoline, and the Concorde (just only the Air France flights)? Let’s get to the heart of the matter thing: A huge big percentage of the words in modern today’s English are of – gasp!

The dominant language often absorbs new items of vocabulary, either to cover concepts for which it has no specific word of its own, or to generate a slightly different function or nuance for concepts for which it does have existing words. 17 English in the World Some loanwords retain their ‘foreign’ appearance when they are adopted, and people will often then use them specifically for the sense of exoticism that they impart. One can talk of a certain je ne sais quoi, for example, or of a joie de vivre when speaking English – in both cases invoking images of French culture to enhance the meaning of what is being communicated.

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