A colonial language

Leith, Dick and Seargeant, Philip (2012). A colonial language. In: Seargeant, Philip and Swann, Joan eds. English in the world: history, diversity, change. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 101–135.

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[About the book]

English in the World: History, Diversity, Change examines the English language as it has developed through history and is used across the globe today. The first half of the book outlines the history of the language from its fifth-century roots through its development as a national, a colonial, and now a global language. In the second half, the focus shifts to the diversity of the language today.

The book explores varieties of English across the English-speaking world, as well as English-related varieties such as pidgins and creoles. It also examines complex processes of variation, hybridity and change in English, and in the shifting styles of individual speakers. Throughout, the focus is on the international nature of English and its use alongside other languages in a diverse range of communities.

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