A sociolinguistic ecology of colonial Britain

Britain, David (2020). A sociolinguistic ecology of colonial Britain. In: Schreier, Daniel; Hundt, Marianne; Schneider, Edgar W. (eds.) The Cambridge Handbook of World Englishes. Cambridge Handbooks in Language and Linguistics (pp. 145-159). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 10.1017/9781108349406.007

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In this chapter, I look at the sociolinguistic context that colonists, settlers, pioneers, convicts, and others left when embarking on their travels. It does not therefore look at the migrants themselves or their linguistic profiles per se but at the social and linguistic ecology of Britain at the time colonization began. Its aim, therefore, is, for the colonial period that peaked in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, to sensitize the reader to some of the critical domains that shaped the prevailing linguistic landscape: multilingualism and multidialectalism in Britain; patterns of internal mobility and their linguistic consequences; the British education system and literacy before compulsory education and prevailing language ideologies, and the implications they had for the language use in the British Isles.

Item Type:

Book Section (Book Chapter)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of English Languages and Literatures
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of English Languages and Literatures > Modern English Linguistics

UniBE Contributor:

Britain, David

Subjects:

400 Language
400 Language > 410 Linguistics
400 Language > 420 English & Old English languages

ISBN:

978-1-108-42595-7

Series:

Cambridge Handbooks in Language and Linguistics

Publisher:

Cambridge University Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Fabienne Blaser

Date Deposited:

21 Feb 2020 16:27

Last Modified:

03 Jul 2020 14:28

Publisher DOI:

10.1017/9781108349406.007

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/138832

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