Although it is an old book, the interesting and different about it is the special preoccupation to clarify the philosophical, historical and anthropological views that serve as presupposition of each linguistic models and approaches.
At its greatest extent, the "Angevin Empire" stretched from the Scottish border to the Pyrenees. For fifty years it was the dominant political entity and "English" and "French" history were inextricably woven together. This study looks at how these disparate territories came together, how they were ruled, and whether they truly constituted an empire.
Revised to cover modern instrumental techniques, recent research and publications, current terminology, and changes in present-day Received Pronunciation (RP), this edition retains the characteristics that have made it a standard reference text on the pronunciation of British English. A new section on stylistic variation in RP has been added and there is clarification of various rules concerning connected-speech processes. The editor is a former pupil of A.C.Gimson.
This book offers a simple, accessible overview of the current state of play in the most important constitutional areas. It also includes extracts from, and summaries of, some of the key texts that, in the absence of a written constitution, are the closest thing there is to a codification of the ground rules of British democracy. The UK’s democratic liberties are the envy of the world. They are also precarious. We have no written constitution, and the unwritten traditions on which we rely instead are increasingly being called into question. They are an imperfect guarantee of our freedoms, but they are best we have. Unless we value and understand them, those freedoms could all too easily be lost. This book will prove a helpful starting-point for those who wish learn more about this crucial aspect of modern life.
This is an introduction to the main varieties of English spoken throughout the world. This edition has been expanded and updated to add substantial information on regional and ethnic varieties of American English. It also examines a wide range of non-native varieties of English, from West Africa to Bangladesh, and Pakistan to the Philippines. The book is aimed at teachers and advanced learners of English as a second or foreign language, and to students and lecturers with an interest in the English language, sociolinguistics and language variation. A complementary cassette is also available. It presents the vowel systems of the varieties of English discussed in the book, together with readings by a native speaker.
A contextual analysis is simply an analysis of a text (in whatever medium, including multi-media) that helps us to assess that text within the context of its historical and cultural setting, but also in terms of its textuality – or the qualities that characterize the text as a text. A contextual analysis combines features of formal analysis with features of “cultural archeology, ” or the systematic study of social, political, economic, philosophical, religious, and aesthetic conditions that were (or can be assumed to have been) in place at the time and place when the text was created. The book offers a detailed guidance on how to follow the procedure with ease.