Language Change

Language Change

Language Change

Language Change

Synopsis

The Intertext series has been specifically designed to meet the needs of contemporary English Language Studies. Working with Texts: a core introduction to language analysis (second edition 2001) is the foundation text, which is complemented by a range of 'satellite titles. These provide students with hands-on practical experience of textual analysis through special topics, and can be used individually or in conjunction with Working with Texts . Language Change :* examines the way external factors have influenced and are influencing language change, focusing on how changing social contexts are reflected in language use* explores the attitudes, values and assumptions that shape the way we use language* looks at how language change operates within different genres, such as problem pages, sports reports and recipes* provides lively examples from everyday communication, including letters, emails, postcards and text messages* includes a unit on how new words are formed and features a full glossary.

Excerpt

Broadly speaking it is possible to explore ideas about language change by looking at what Suzanne Romaine (1998) calls the internal history of a language and the external history of a language. Traditionally the topic of language change has tended to be approached via the internal route, looking at the way new words have been formed, the influence of dictionaries on spellings and meanings and so forth. This process is described as internal because it looks at what has happened in a language without referring to any other outside factors.

Throughout this book there will be reference to some of these internal issues, and they will be summarised in the final unit, but the general approach will be to look at the way external factors have influenced and are influencing language change. This unit looks in particular at the way changing social contexts are reflected in language. In order to show that language change is an ongoing process, rather than just an historical study, all of the data in this unit will have been produced in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

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