English in Its Social Contexts: Essays in Historical Sociolinguistics

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provinces and cities within England proper), and from the rising national varieties of the language in Commonwealth countries such as Australia, British standard English is in little danger of disappearing. It will certainly change in the coming century--doubtless in ways we cannot foresee. The two great international branches of English--British and American--which are also at the present time the only two fully institutionalized varieties of the language, will continue to influence each other. Together, they are likely to form the basis for World English.The social flux that Britain is experiencing today is likely in the long run to appear no more than a further stage in the historical flow of English-speaking peoples from earliest times. Looking back, we can see the socialization of Britain and the loss of Empire after World War II, the growth of Empire and the beginning of political reform in the nineteenth century, the growth of commerce and the victory of parliamentary government in the eighteenth, the struggle between crown and parliament in the seventeenth, the beginnings of Empire in the sixteenth, the civil strife of the War of the Roses in the fifteenth, and so on back to the migration of the Anglo-Saxons in the fifth century, before which we have only speculation and reconstruction.Throughout its long history, English has endured, adapted, and triumphed. It will doubtless continue on that same course.
ACKNOWLEDGMENT
I am grateful for comments on this paper by Adele S. Algeo, Robert W. Burchfield, Charles Clay Doyle, Manfred Göriach, Randolph Quirk, and Suzanne Romaine.
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