The Cambridge History of the English Language, Volume 5: English in Britain and Overseas: Origins and Development

By Robert Burchfield

Quantity five of The Cambridge historical past of the English Language appears on the dialects of britain due to the fact that 1776, the historic improvement of English within the former Celtic-speaking international locations of Scotland, Wales and eire, and at forms of English in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the Caribbean and South Asia. This exact quantity can be welcomed by means of all these attracted to the unfold of English world wide.

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1 a few detailed gains within the chapters that keep on with an account of the improvement of English in each one of 9 distinctive components is systematically set down. every one bankruptcy attracts realization to the permanence of definite features, for instance, the continued value of the Humber-Lune-Ribble boundary in England as a divider of northern forms of neighborhood English from southern forms (p. 251). from time to time emphasis is positioned upon the variety of people who find themselves bilingual in a given state: for instance, it's valuable of observe that, to pass judgement on from the census returns of 1980, approximately eighty according to cent of Whites in South Africa stated themselves in a position to learn and write either English and Afrikaans (p. 438); and of these South Africans claiming English as their mom tongue, approximately one in 3 have been English by way of descent. against this just a small share of Maoris can communicate, learn or write Maori, and just a minute share of white New Zealanders and Pacific Islanders have even a rudimentary wisdom of the Maori language. yet everybody resident in New Zealand can communicate, learn and write English. except describing the sociological and political advancements in every one quarter - for instance, the complicated politicisation of South African vocabulary through the interval of apartheid - each one author is at pains to spot linguistic beneficial properties that appear to be specific to his area. it'd be impracticable to assemble all such beneficial properties up right here yet a listing of a few of the extra fascinating and precise of them follows. they're Introduction indexed within the order during which they seem during this quantity, now not in any imagined order of significance. Scotland 1 The survival of a bunch contrast within the second-person pronoun (thou distinctive from j? ) in components of Scotland (p. 69). (But the characteristic isn't relatively constrained to components of Scotland. 'It can be actual that Irish English indicates a contrast among the second one individual plural and singular — you within the singular andye within the plural (most usually within the west and probably different rural components) ovyi%,yous, and so forth. (the shape in Dublin and Belfast, at least)' (J. L. Kallen, deepest communication). ) 2 Can in periphrastic structures with different modals, that's, double modals, as they're frequently referred to as (e. g. He"II can get it feenisht via the week-enn), in Scots (p. 72). three Cliticised different types of the unfavorable {canna, isna, and so on. ) in Scots (p. 73). four The survival in Scots of a few of the older susceptible plurals, e. g. / i n / 'eyes', /Jin/, / / i n / and /Jon/ 'shoes'. five the superiority of / u / in phrases like down, condo, city (sometimes written as (doon), (hoose), (toon)), as the nice Vowel Shift didn't follow in recognize of ME / u : / in Scotland (p. 49). Wales 1 using expletive there (e. g. there is tallyou are! reflecting Welsh Dyna dalwyt ti! ) (p. 138). 2 Intervocalic photo double consonants in medial place (e. g. dinner, supper) reported as double consonants in contrast with RP (p. 125). three A use of the tag is not it ? (e. g. you are going domestic now, isn't really it ? ) (p. 141).

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