Varieties of Modern English: An Introduction

Author:   Diane Davies
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN:  

9780582369962


Pages:   184
Publication Date:   07 April 2005
Format:   Paperback
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The 'story' of English is continually re-told and re-written, as more and more people use the language and have a part in shaping the way it develops.Varieties of Modern English provides a critical introduction to the study of regional, social, gendered, context- and medium-related varieties of the language, and explores some of the debates concerning the role and impact of English in different parts of the world today.Beginning by outlining the main types of variation in language, the book focuses on the link between language or dialect and the construction of both group and individual identities. Issues of identity are crucial to chapters on the roots of Modern English, on gender and English, on ethnicity and English and on English as an international language. As well as looking at a range of 'users' of the language, Davies also explores many of its 'uses' and modes, including the English of literary texts, advertising, newspaper reporting and commentary, political speeches, email and text messaging.Written in a discursive, student-friendly style, the book also provides:* A rich mix of illustrative material* End-of-chapter Activities and related Comments at the end of the book* Suggestions for further reading Varieties of Modern English provides a thought-provoking overview of its subject and will be invaluable reading for students of English Language and Linguistics. Diane Davies is a Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and TESOL in the School of Education at the University of Leicester.

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Author:   Diane Davies
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint:   Routledge
Dimensions:   Width: 15.90cm , Height: 1.10cm , Length: 23.50cm
Weight:   0.272kg
ISBN:  

9780582369962


ISBN 10:   0582369967
Pages:   184
Publication Date:   07 April 2005
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Table of Contents

Setting Out Studying Varieties The March of Modern English English as a Global Perspective Ethnicity and Varieties of English Gender, Sexuality and English Speech, Writing and New Media English in Context English and Power The Future of English as an International Language References Index

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Dr Diane Davies is based at the School of Education, University of Leicester.

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