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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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Jan 2018
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9780191785443
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198709251.003.0001
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chapter
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9780198709251
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
4. Standards

4. Standards  

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
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198709251.003.0004
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9780198709251
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
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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Jan 2018
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9780191785443
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10.1093/actrade/9780198709251.003.0006
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9780198709251
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
5. Varieties

5. Varieties  

Simon Horobin

in The English Language: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2018
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Jan 2018
eISBN: 
9780191785443
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198709251.003.0005
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9780198709251
‘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
The English Language: A Very Short Introduction

The English Language: A Very Short Introduction  

Simon Horobin

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Jan 2018
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Jan 2018
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9780191785443
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198709251.001.0001
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book
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9780198709251
The English language is spoken by more than a billion people throughout the world. But where did English come from? And how has it evolved into the language used today? The English ... More
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
eISBN: 
9780191785443
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198709251.003.0003
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chapter
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9780198709251
‘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

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