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Title The development of standard English, 1300-1800 : theories, descriptions, conflicts / edited by Laura Wright.
Published Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006.
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 Floor4  PE1074.7 .D48 2006    IN LIBRARY
Description xi, 236 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
Series Studies in English language
Studies in English language.
Note Originally published: 2000.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction / Laura Wright -- Theory and methodology : approaches to studying the standardisation of English. Historical description and the ideology of the standard language / Jim Milroy -- Mythical strands in the ideology of prescriptivism / Richard J. Watts -- Rats, bats, sparrows and dogs : biology, linguistics and the nature of Standard English / Jonathan Hope -- Salience, stigma and standard / Raymond Hickey -- The ideology of the standard and the development of Extraterritorial Englishes / Gabriella Mazzon -- Metropolitan values : migration, mobility and cultural norms, London 1100-1700 / Derek Keene -- Processes of the standardisation of English. Standardisation and the language of early statutes / Matti Rissanen -- Scientific language and spelling standardisation 1375-1550 / Irma Taavitsainen -- Change from above or below? : mapping the loci of linguistic change in the history of Scottish English / Anneli Meurman-Solin -- Adjective comparison and standardisation processes in American and British English from 1620 to the present / Merja Kytö and Suzanne Romaine -- The spectator, the politics of social networks, and language standardisation in eighteenth-century England / Susan Fitzmaurice -- A branching path : low vowel lengthening and its friends in the emerging standard / Roger Lass.
Summary "This book reopens the debate about the origins of Standard English, challenging earlier accounts and revealing a far more complex and intriguing history. An international team of fourteen specialists offer a wide-ranging analysis, from theoretical discussions of the origin of dialects, to detailed descriptions of the history of individual Standard English features. The volume ranges from Middle English to the present day, and looks at a variety of text types. It concludes that Standard English had no one single ancestor dialect, but is the cumulative result of generations of authoritative writing from many text types."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject English language -- Standardization.
English language -- History.
English language -- Grammar, Historical.
Related Names Wright, Laura, 1961-
ISBN 9780521029698 (pbk.)
0521029694 (pbk.)
OCLC number 136785873