Varieties of English: A Typological Approach

Varieties of English: A Typological Approach

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Peter Siemund
Cambridge University Press, 5/9/2013
EAN 9780521186933, ISBN10: 0521186935

Paperback, 328 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 1.9 cm
Language: English

English is a highly diversified language that appears in a multitude of different varieties across the globe. These varieties may differ extensively in their structural properties. This coursebook is an introduction to the fascinating range of regional and social varieties encountered around the world. Comparing grammatical phenomena, the book analyses the varieties in depth, identifying patterns and limits of variation, and providing clear explanations. Using comparisons with other languages, the book identifies universal as well as language-specific aspects of variation in English. This book is specially designed to meet the needs of students, each chapter contains useful exercises targeted at three different ability levels and succinct summaries and practical lists of key words help students to review and identify important facts.

1. Introduction
2. Reflexivity and reflexive marking
3. Pronominal gender
4. Pronominal case
5. Determiners
6. Tense marking
7. Aspect marking
8. Modal verbs
9. Negation
10. Subject-verb agreement
11. Ditransitive constructions
12. Interrogative constructions
13. The formation of relative clauses
14. Summary and outlook.