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English

One Tongue, Many Voices

  • Jan Svartvik
  • Geoffrey Leech

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. English: The Working Tongue of the Global Village

    1. Jan Svartvik, Geoffrey Leech
      Pages 1-10
  3. History of an Island Language

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Jan Svartvik, Geoffrey Leech
      Pages 13-33
    3. Jan Svartvik, Geoffrey Leech
      Pages 34-47
    4. Jan Svartvik, Geoffrey Leech
      Pages 48-70
  4. The Spread of English Around the World

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Jan Svartvik, Geoffrey Leech
      Pages 73-100
    3. Jan Svartvik, Geoffrey Leech
      Pages 101-127
    4. Jan Svartvik, Geoffrey Leech
      Pages 128-153
    5. Jan Svartvik, Geoffrey Leech
      Pages 154-177
    6. Jan Svartvik, Geoffrey Leech
      Pages 178-192
  5. A Changing Language in Changing Times

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. Jan Svartvik, Geoffrey Leech
      Pages 195-209
    3. Jan Svartvik, Geoffrey Leech
      Pages 210-223
    4. Jan Svartvik, Geoffrey Leech
      Pages 224-236
    5. Jan Svartvik, Geoffrey Leech
      Pages 237-262
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 263-301

About this book

Introduction

This is the fully revised and expanded second edition of English - One Tongue, Many Voices, a book by three internationally distinguished English language scholars who tell the fascinating, improbable saga of English in time and space. Chapters trace the history of the language from its obscure beginnings over 1500 years ago as a collection of dialects spoken by marauding, illiterate tribes. They show how the geographical spread of the language in its increasing diversity has made English into an international language of unprecedented range and variety. The authors examine the present state of English as a global language and the problems, pressures and uncertainties of its future, online and offline. They argue that, in spite of the amazing variety and plurality of English, it remains a single language.

Jan Svartvik is Emeritus Professor at the University of Lund, Sweden. He is co-author of A Communicative Grammar of English(with Geoffrey Leech) and A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language (with Randolph Quirk, Sidney Greenbaum and Geoffrey Leech). He has published on other varied aspects of English linguistics, such as corpus linguistics, forensic linguistics, contrastive grammar and nautical terminology. He is a Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, The Royal Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities and Academia Europaea.

Geoffrey Leech (1935-2014) was Research Professor of Linguistics at Lancaster University, UK. Author, co-author, or co-editor of some 25 books and 100 papers or articles on varied aspects of linguistics and the English language, he was a Fellow of the British Academy and a Member of Academia Europaea. He was the author of widely used introductions to and Pragmatics, co-author with Mike Short of A Linguistic Guide to English Poetry, and co-author with Margaret Deuchar and Robert Hoogenraad of English Grammar for Today: A New Introduction.

David Crystal is Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Bangor. He is the author or editor of over a hundred books on aspects of linguistics and the English language, such as The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language, The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language, The Stories of English, Language and the Internet, and Evolving English. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, and in 1995 was awardded an OBE for services to the English Language                                          

Keywords

lingua franca global spread language varieties American English British English creoles pidgins electronic English dialects

Authors and affiliations

  • Jan Svartvik
    • 1
  • Geoffrey Leech
    • 2
  1. 1.Lund UniversitySweden
  2. 2.Lancaster UniversityUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-137-16007-2
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-55021-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-16007-2
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