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3. Authorities

3. Authorities  

Simon Horobin

in The English Language: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2018
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Jan 2018
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9780191785443
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10.1093/actrade/9780198709251.003.0003
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‘Authorities’ considers how the rules of usage are established. It first describes the role of dictionaries, frequently held to be the ultimate authority. It then discusses linguistic ... More
6. Global Englishes

6. Global Englishes  

Simon Horobin

in The English Language: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2018
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A major reason for the huge expansion in English speakers was the colonization of America. As the migration process continued throughout the seventeenth century, the discrete dialect ... More
2. Origins

2. Origins  

Simon Horobin

in The English Language: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2018
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Where does the English language come from? While English is distantly related to both Latin and French, it is principally a Germanic language. ‘Origins’ provides a brief history of the ... More
4. Standards

4. Standards  

Simon Horobin

in The English Language: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2018
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Standard English is a fixed variety, intolerant of variation, and is used throughout the population of English users, irrespective of geography. Where did Standard English come from, how ... More
5. Varieties

5. Varieties  

Simon Horobin

in The English Language: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2018
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‘Varieties’ investigates how language varies according to region, discussing regional and social dialects, and how language varies according to use. It considers how Scots, one of several ... More
1. What is English?

1. What is English?  

Simon Horobin

in The English Language: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2018
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9780191785443
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10.1093/actrade/9780198709251.003.0001
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Over 1 billion people speak English either as their first or second language. Are all these people speaking the same language, or are we witnessing the emergence of new Englishes? English ... More
7. Why do we care?

7. Why do we care?  

Simon Horobin

in The English Language: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2018
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Why do we care about grammar and spelling to the extent that minor errors trigger paroxysms of despondency and gloom concerning the future of our society and its language? Since most people ... More

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