The Changing English Language

Psycholinguistic Perspectives

Author: Marianne Hundt,Sandra Mollin,Simone E. Pfenninger

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107086868

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 406

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Bringing together experts from both historical linguistics and psychology, this volume addresses core factors in language change from the perspectives of both fields. It explores the potential (and limitations) of such an interdisciplinary approach, covering the following factors: frequency, salience, chunking, priming, analogy, ambiguity and acquisition. Easily accessible, the book features chapters by psycholinguists presenting cutting edge research on core factors and processes and develops a model of how this may be involved in language change. Each chapter is complemented with one or several case study in the history of the English language in which the psycholinguistic factor in question may be argued to have played a decisive role. Thus, for the first time, a single volume provides a platform for an integrated exchange between psycholinguistics and historical linguistics on the question of how language changes over time.

Changing English

Author: David Graddol

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780415376792

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 291

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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. This work introduces many key debates relating to the English language, illustrated by specific examples of data in context.

Changing English

Global and Local Perspectives

Author: Markku Filppula,Juhani Klemola,Anna Mauranen,Svetlana Vetchinnikova

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 3110429659

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 361

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This book examines the special nature of English both as a global and a local language, focusing on some of the ongoing changes and on the emerging new structural and discoursal characteristics of varieties of English. Although it is widely recognised that processes of language change and contact bear affinities, for example, to processes observable in second-language acquisition and lingua franca use, the research into these fields has so far not been sufficiently brought into contact with each other. The articles in this volume set out to combine all these perspectives in ways that give us a better understanding of the changing nature of English in the modern world.

The Changing English Countryside, 1400-1700

Author: Leonard Cantor

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351730193

Category: History

Page: 198

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The period covered by this book, first published in 1987, was an important one for the rural landscape in England. The author describes and analyses the evolution of the countryside during the years which witnessed the gradual disappearance of the medieval landscape and the introduction of new farming methods and industrial techniques, thus laying the foundation for the radical changes that were to transform the English countryside in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The main features of the countryside are dealt with fully and examples are given of their remains which can still be identified in the landscape today.

Changing English

essays for Harold Rosen

Author: Margaret Meek,Margaret Meek Spencer,Manuel Alvarado,University of London. Institute of Education

Publisher: Institute of Education University of London


Category: English language

Page: 268

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Changing the Subject in English Class

Discourse and the Constructions of Desire

Author: Marshall W. Alcorn

Publisher: SIU Press

ISBN: 9780809324279

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 151

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Drawing on the theoretical work of Jacques Lacan, Marshall W. Alcorn Jr. formulates a systematic explanation of the function and value of desire in writing instruction. Alcorn argues that in changing the subject matter of writing instruction in order to change student opinions, composition instructors have come to adopt an insufficiently complex understanding of subjectivity. This oversimplification hinders attempts to foster cultural change. Alcorn proposes an alternative mode of instruction that makes effective use of students' knowledge and desire. The resulting freedom in expression?personal as well as political?engenders the recognition, circulation, and elaboration of desire necessary for both human communication and effective politics. Responding to James Berlin's reconception of praxis in the classroom, Theresa Ebert's espousal of disciplined instructions, and Lester Faigley's introduction of a postmodern theory of subjectivity, Alcorn follows both Lacan and Slavoj Žižek in insisting desire be given free voice and serious recognition. In composition as in politics, desire is the ground of agency. Competing expressions of desire should generate a dialectic in social-epistemic discourse that encourages enlightenment over cynicism and social development over authoritarian demands. With clarity and personal voice, Alcorn explains how discourse is rooted in primitive psychological functions of desire and responds to complex cultural needs. In its theoretical scope this book describes a new pedagogy that links thought to emotion and the personal to the social.