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by David Graddol,Dick Leith,Joan Swann,Martin Rhys,Julia Gillen

Changing English examines the history of English from its origins in the fifth century to the present day. It focuses on the radical changes that have taken place in the structure of English over a millennium and a half, detailing the influences of migration, colonialism and many other historical, social and cultural phenomena. Expert authors illustrate and analyze dialects, accents and the shifting styles of individual speakers as they respond to changing circumstances. The reader is introduced to many key debates relating to the English language, illustrated by specific examples of data in context.

Including key material retained from the earlier bestselling book, English: History, Diversity and Change, thisedition has been thoroughly reorganized and updated with entirely new material. Changing English:

explains basic concepts, easily located through a comprehensive index

includes contributions by experts in the field, such as David Crystal, David Graddol, Dick Leith, Lynda Mugglestone and Joan Swann

contains a range of source material and commissioned readings to supplement chapters.

Changing English makes an essential contribution to the field of English language studies.

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ISBN: 0415376793
ISBN13: 978-0415376792
Category: Reference
Subcategory: Words Language & Grammar
Author: David Graddol,Dick Leith,Joan Swann,Martin Rhys,Julia Gillen
Language: English
Publisher: Routledge (January 13, 2007)
Pages: 304 pages
ePUB size: 1406 kb
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Rating: 4.7
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I have been teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses on the history of the English language as well as English-as-an-International-Language for several years. I have been searching for some time for a textbook that could possibly include both topics and which would: (a) take a critical look at English; (b) do justice to both areas and, at the same time, (c) be consistent, theoretically, regarding the matter of language change. This book by Graddol et al is just that book. Each chapter, written by one of the editors, is logically developed and greatly informative. Additional end-of-chapter readings give depth to one or more of the particular issues discussed within the chapter. All chapters work together seamlessly. For graduate students, additional readings are necessary--but "Changing English" gives them foundational information and a theoretical background about language change that lead easily into more specialized texts. The inclusion of color photos, maps, and other charts make the book attractive. Kudos to Graddol et al!
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Between the rise of postmodernism and the birth of the digital age, we've seen the fall of The Media--which is to say that mainstream corporate media outlets can no longer act as the ultimate authorities of truth. In its place is a new kind of media, a new social approach to mass communication, and the implications of this change within society are enormous, and fascinating. In Media, Modernity, and Technology David Morley, a foundational professor of Cultural Studies in the United Kingdom, illuminates how and why we have shifted, culturally, and provides a clear insight into the nature of the new media.

I'm not entirely sure that was his purpose with the book. As a foundational professor of Cultural Studies in the United Kingdom, Morley's main purpose seems to be a defense of his field of study against academic attacks. He starts by describing what cultural studies is (something I had never really thought about). It's widely criticized for "telling us what we already know in a language we don't understand." But the point of cultural studies, he says, is to figure out how human beings build and share culture, and how that colors our understanding of things around us. The only way to do that is to look closely at simple things--whether that's a course on "Race, Class, and Gender in the World of Warcraft," or Appreciation of The Sopranos--and deconstruct it to find the moving parts that shape our thinking and influence our world.
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