The Resource What is English? : and why should we care?, Tim William Machan

What is English? : and why should we care?, Tim William Machan

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What is English? : and why should we care?
Title
What is English?
Title remainder
and why should we care?
Statement of responsibility
Tim William Machan
Title variation
What is English and why should we care
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
What is English? Can we be as certain as we usually are when we say something is not English? To find some answers Tim Machan explores the language's present and past, and looks ahead to its futures among the one and a half billion people who speak it. His search is fascinating and important, for definitions of English have influenced education and law in many countries and helped shape the identities of those who live in them.Finding an account that fits the constantly changing varieties of English is, Tim Machan finds, anything but simple. But he rises to the challenge, grappling with its elusive essence through episodes in its history. He looks at the ambitions of Caxton, the preoccupations of Johnson, and the eloquence of Churchill, tussles with the jargons of contemporary business, and pursues his object from rural America to James Cook's Australia. He examines creoles, pidgins, and dialects, and takes apart competing histories showing their assumptions and prejudices. Finally he reveals the stable category English, resting paradoxically within its constantly mutating forms and varieties. This is a book for everyone interested in English and the role of language in society and culture.--Book jacket
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YDXCP
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Machan, Tim William
Dewey number
420.9
Index
index present
LC call number
PE1075
LC item number
.M33 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • English language
  • English language
  • English language
  • Anglais (langue)
  • Anglais (langue)
  • English language
  • English language
  • English language
Label
What is English? : and why should we care?, Tim William Machan
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [361]-392) and index
Contents
  • English for the English
  • Beyond Britain
  • English in the South Seas
  • English in the classroom, I: American Indian boarding schools
  • English in the classroom, II: Industrial English
  • The English-speaking peoples
  • Part. 4. Beyond English
  • Defining moments
  • Part 1. The consequences of definition
  • The river of English
  • Part 2. English by the books
  • Words in the shape of English
  • When words die
  • Space and time
  • The genius of our tongue
  • Part 3. English in action
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
viii, 404 p.
Isbn
9780199601257
System control number
(OCoLC)828180994
Label
What is English? : and why should we care?, Tim William Machan
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [361]-392) and index
Contents
  • English for the English
  • Beyond Britain
  • English in the South Seas
  • English in the classroom, I: American Indian boarding schools
  • English in the classroom, II: Industrial English
  • The English-speaking peoples
  • Part. 4. Beyond English
  • Defining moments
  • Part 1. The consequences of definition
  • The river of English
  • Part 2. English by the books
  • Words in the shape of English
  • When words die
  • Space and time
  • The genius of our tongue
  • Part 3. English in action
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
viii, 404 p.
Isbn
9780199601257
System control number
(OCoLC)828180994

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