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Studying the English Language (2nd Edition)

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In this lively and engaging textbook, Rob Penhallurick introduces readers to the diversity and history of the English language, and to relevant contemporary and classic work in linguistics. Organised into eighteen thematic...

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In this lively and engaging textbook, Rob Penhallurick introduces readers to the diversity and history of the English language, and to relevant contemporary and classic work in linguistics. Organised into eighteen thematic chapters, each of which can be read in one sitting, it covers topics such as the effects of dialect and accent on identity, swearing and offensive names in English, language and gender, language planning and theories about the origin of language. Chapters are full of entertaining examples, illustrations and suggestions for further reading.

This is an ideal companion for all those new to the study of the English language, and essential reading for anyone with a general interest in the subject.

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  • Provides an accessible introduction to the diversity, history and pre-history of English
  • Analyses debates about language and reality, language and gender, language reform and evolution of language, all informed by the latest developments in the field
  • Develops readers' understanding of the semiotic view of language, discourse analysis and models of communication
  • Chapters are richly illustrated with examples and anecdotes, and key terminology is glossed to aid understanding




  • Three new chapters on the story of American English, the spread of English across the world and the work of Noam Chomsky

Abbreviations
List of Figures
Acknowledgements
Preface
Space: The Diversity of English
Time: The History and Pre-History of English
Contact: The Case of Middle English
'She Loves You. Yes! Yes! Yes! American English Inside Out
English Across the World: History and Varieties
Signs: The Semiotic View of Language
Strange Orchestras: The Underlying Symbolic Structure of Languages
Myth: Language and Reality
Sex: Language and Gender
Tyranny: Some Daring and Ingenious Escapes
Telling Stories: The Structure of Discourse in English
What's in a Norm? The Nature of Standard English
Language with Attitude: Dialect, Accent and Identity
Fixing: Language Planning and Regulation
Slippage: Slips of the Tongue and Other Blunders
Communication Breakdown: Modelling What Happens When We Communicate
Noam Chomsky and the Generative Enterprise: Language as it is if You Don't Have To Bother Talking
The Nature of Language: Linguistic Theory and the Question of Origins
References for Examples
Bibliography
Webography
Index.

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ROB PENHALLURICK is Head of English at the University of Wales, Swansea, UK.

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ROB PENHALLURICK is Head of English at the University of Wales, Swansea, UK.

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