The Evolution of Englishes

The Dynamic Model and beyond

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  • Editors: Sarah Buschfeld1, Thomas Hoffmann2, Magnus Huber3, and Alexander Kautzsch1
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 2014
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027269416

This two-part volume provides a collection of 27 linguistic studies and contributions that shed light on the evolution of different Englishes world-wide (varieties, learner Englishes, dialects, creoles) from a broad spectrum of different perspectives, including both synchronic and diachronic approaches. What makes the volume unique is that it is the first-ever contribution to the field which includes a section exclusively commited towards testing, discussing and refining Schneider’s (2007) Dynamic Model against recent realities of English world-wide (Part 1). These realities include a wide variety of case studies ranging from regions (socio)linguistically as diverse as South Africa, the Phillipines, Cyprus or Germany. Part 2 goes beyond the Dynamic Model and offers both empirical and theoretical perspectives on the evolution of World Englishes. In doing so, it provides contributions with a theoretical focus on the topic as well as cross-varietal accounts; it sheds light on individual Englishes from different geographical regions and offers new perspectives on “old” varieties.

Subjects: Bilingualism; Contact Linguistics; Theoretical linguistics; Germanic linguistics; Sociolinguistics and Dialectology; English linguistics; Historical linguistics

  • Affiliations: 1: University of Regensburg; 2: University of Osnabruck; 3: Justus Liebig University Giessen

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