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Is English Changing?.

Author: Steve Kleinedler
Publisher: London : Taylor and Francis, 2018.
Series: Routledge Guides to Linguistics
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Is English changing? To what degree is it changing? Is this change good or bad? In answering these questions, Is English Changing? provides a lively and concise introduction to language change, refuting commonly held misconceptions about language evolution as we understand it. Showing that English, like all living languages, has historically changed and continues to change, this book:Analyzes developments in the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Steve Kleinedler
ISBN: 9781351114073 1351114077 9781351114066 1351114069 9781351114042 1351114042
OCLC Number: 1020583535
Description: 1 online resource : text file, PDF.
Contents: Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; List of figures; Acknowledgements; 1 Introduction; 1.0 Is English changing?; 1.1 Welcome to the field of linguistics; 1.2 A brief comparison of Old English, Middle English, and Modern English; 1.3 English is changing; 1.4 Overview of this book; 1.5 Questions for discussion; 2 Speech sounds; 2.0 Introduction; 2.1 The production of speech sounds; 2.2 Kinds of speech sounds; 2.3 Syllable structure; 2.4 Kinds of sound changes; 2.5 Changes in sound over time; 2.6 Changes in sound from place to place; 2.7 Conclusion; 2.8 Questions for discussion; 3 Word structure. 3.0 Introduction3.1 Morphemes; 3.2 Inflections by part of speech; 3.3 Change in morphology over time; 3.4 Conclusion; 3.5 Questions for discussion; 4 Sentence structure; 4.0 Introduction; 4.1 Sentences, clauses, and phrases; 4.2 Parts of speech; 4.3 Syntactic structure; 4.4 Conclusion; 4.5 Questions for discussion; 5 Word meaning; 5.0 Introduction; 5.1 Words, reference works, and authority; 5.2 Defining words; 5.3 Changes in the meaning of words; 5.4 Meaning and usage; 5.5 Academic approaches to meaning; 5.6 Conclusion; 5.7 Questions for discussion; 6 Context; 6.0 Introduction. 6.1 Reference and context6.2 Mutual knowledge; 6.3 Conversational implicature; 6.4 Speech acts; 6.5 Discourse analysis; 6.6 Politeness; 6.7 Word order; 6.8 Conclusion; 6.9 Questions for discussion; 7 Society and culture; 7.0 Introduction; 7.1 Language and variety; 7.2 Language contact; 7.3 Variation among social groups; 7.4 Regional variation; 7.5 Awareness of biases; 7.6 Academic societies; 7.7 Conclusion; 7.8 Questions for discussion; 8 Rules, usage, and style; 8.0 Introduction; 8.1 Native rules; 8.2 Dictated rules; 8.3 Guidelines for better communication. 8.4 Rules: clarity and consistency versus power8.5 Conclusion; 8.6 Questions for discussion; 9 Conclusion; 9.0 Introduction; 9.1 Chapter-by-chapter summary; 9.2 Other fields of study in linguistics; 9.3 Whatâ#x80;#x99;s next?; References; Societies, associations, and university projects; Index.
Series Title: Routledge Guides to Linguistics

Abstract:

"Is English changing? To what degree is it changing? Is this change good or bad? In answering these questions, Is English Changing? provides a lively and concise introduction to language change, refuting commonly held misconceptions about language evolution as we understand it. Showing that English, like all living languages, has historically changed and continues to change, this book:Analyzes developments in the lexicon, the way words are spoken or written, and the way in which speakers and writers use words;Offers a basic overview of the major subfields of linguistics, including phonetics, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and sociolinguistics, all viewed through the prism of language change;Discusses change over time with examples from Old English, Middle English, and Modern English;Reinforces important concepts with examples from other languages, including Spanish, Japanese, and Czech;Clearly defines key terms and includes advice on rules, usage, and style, as well as ample annotated further reading and activities throughout. Aimed at undergraduate students with little or no prior knowledge of linguistics, this book is essential reading for those studying this topic for the first time."--Provided by publisher.

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