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Modelling World EnglishesA Joint Approach to Postcolonial and Non-Postcolonial Varieties$
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Sarah Buschfeld and Alexander Kautzsch

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474445863

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474445863.001.0001

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English in England: The Parent Perspective

English in England: The Parent Perspective

(p.16) Chapter 2 English in England: The Parent Perspective
Modelling World Englishes

Clive Upton

Edinburgh University Press

No claims can be made for the English of England in terms of its correctness or validity: the English language is now at large in the world. However, with a turbulent linguistic history covering sixteen centuries, four times longer than that of any other variety, it possesses unparalleled time depth. The socio-political forces that have acted upon it over the centuries have been many and varied. Its regional and social differentiation is unparalleled among the global varieties of the language. This chapter rehearses something of the historical career of English English. It offers reflections on the EIF Model as currently proposed from the standpoint of the progenitor of the pantheon of World Englishes to which it belongs, seeking to help evaluate the robustness of that model in the light of long experience.

Keywords:   correctness, validity, linguistic history, time depth, socio-political forces, regional differentiation, social differentiation, progenitor

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