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By Peter Trudgill, Richard J. Watts

This groundbreaking assortment explores the ideals and methods to the historical past of English that don't make it into typical textbooks.
Orthodox histories have offered a tunnel model of the background of the English language that's sociologically insufficient. during this ebook various best foreign students exhibit how this specialize in ordinary English dialect is to the detriment of these that are non-standard or from different components of the area. Alternative Histories of English:
* finds the variety of attainable 'narratives' approximately how various types of 'Englishes' could have emerged
* areas emphasis on pragmatic, sociolinguistic and discourse-oriented features of English instead of the conventional grammar, vocabulary and phonology
* considers different themes together with South African English, Indian English, Southern Hemisphere Englishes, Early smooth English, women's writing, and politeness.
Presenting a fuller and richer photo of the complexity of the historical past of English, the individuals to Alternative Histories of English clarify why English is the varied global language it truly is this day.

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J. N. Bailey in his response (1996: 341) correctly observes that in their argument ‘ideology wins over demonstration’. The picture they paint has a strange air of unreality about it, and the driving force behind it is the same ideology of language that has motivated the conventional historian for well over a century – defence of the pure and ancient language and the continuous, unbroken history. The case has been stated over and over again. This study demonstrates how stubbornly the conventional view on purity and continuity has persisted and how desperately it is still defended.

Many of them went to Louisiana, and some later returned. The first English-speaking settlers came north from New England and moved into the St John River valley in 1762. There was then a big influx of 14,000 loyalist Americans after the War of Independence, who came mostly from the New York area. The English-speaking majority today – about two-thirds of the population – thus consists largely of descendants of American loyalists, together with the descendants of Scottish, Irish, and English settlers who arrived in the 1700s and 1800s.

There was also some White immigration from the Miskito coast (see below) when this area was ceded by Britain to Spain in 1786, and Andros island in particular was settled from there. It is no surprise, then, that their accents are non-rhotic (as indeed are those of Black speakers) (see Shilling 1982; Wells 1982: 588– 91; Cutler et al. forthcoming). Black Bahamians too have different origins (see Holm 1980), some being descended from slaves who actually arrived in the Bahamas, others being originally from the American South or the Caribbean.

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