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English pp 195-209 | Cite as

The Standard Language Today

  • Jan Svartvik
  • Geoffrey Leech

Abstract

It is a paradox of late Modern English that the language seems to have been changing more, and yet it seems to have been changing less. The speed of change seems to have been accelerating if we look at the massive growth of variation in English worldwide. With geographical spread have come divergences, especially in the form of new Englishes and creoles, as we saw in Chapters 6 and 9. But if we look only at standard English, the language seems to have been changing more slowly.

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Function Word Spontaneous Speech Speak Language Write Language Personal Letter 
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Authors and Affiliations

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

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