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International English: A Guide to Varieties of Standard English [Hardcover]

Peter Trudgill , Jean Hannah


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1 July 1982
This is an introduction to the main varieties of English spoken throughout the world. This edition has been expanded and updated to add substantial information on regional and ethnic varieties of American English. It also examines a wide range of non-native varieties of English, from West Africa to Bangladesh, and Pakistan to the Philippines. The book is aimed at teachers and advanced learners of English as a second or foreign language, and to students and lecturers with an interest in the English language, sociolinguistics and language variation. A complementary cassette is also available. It presents the vowel systems of the varieties of English discussed in the book, together with readings by a native speaker.
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"A reference book of the highest quality ... easy to use and very readable"--Tony Wright, Senior Lecturer, International Education Centre, College of St Mark & St John, Plymouth --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Manifold impressions of Standard English varieties 28 Mar 2000
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The book presents an illustrative overview of standard varieties of English and (English-based creoles) around the world. It departs from the two main standard varieties, English English and American English, and contrasts all other varieties of standard English with these two, showing tendencies of divergence (phonology) and convergence (grammar, lexis). The major part of the volume is dedicated to differences between English English and North American English. More than other introductions to varieties of English Trudgill/Hannah deal with differences in language use (aside from differences in the language system). They include a survey of usage and stylistic differences with prepositions, auxiliaries, verb phrase substitutions, articles, pronouns etc. The book doesn't get 5 stars, however, for two reasons: (1) The authors don't give the sources for their (statistical) results; they don't say what corpus has been analyzed, nor do they show exactly (in figures) how salient a statistical difference between varieties is (which would enable the reader to decide whether there is a true difference, whether other sociolinguistic factors are more salient etc.); (2) Certain pragmatic areas like politeness strategies and differences related to text-types (which also belong to language use) are neglected. All in all, however, the authors' approach is a pragmatically well-chosen one, which makes the book recommendable to both natives and non-natives, and to both students and teachers of English.
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