A Dictionary of Varieties of English
February 2014, Wiley-Blackwell
A Dictionary of Varieties of English presents a comprehensive listing of the distinctive dialects and forms of English spoken throughout the contemporary world.
- Provides an invaluable introduction and guide to current research trends in the field
- Includes definitions both for the varieties of English and regions they feature, and for terms and concepts derived from a linguistic analysis of these varieties
- Explores important research issues including the transportation of dialects of English, the rise of ‘New Englishes’, sociolinguistic investigations of various English-speaking locales, and the study of language contact and change.
- Reflects our increased awareness of global forms of English, and the advances made in the study of varieties of the language in recent decades
- Creates an invaluable, informative resource for students and scholars alike, spanning the rich and diverse linguistic varieties of the most widely accepted language of international communication
Introduction: Research Trends in Variety Studies 1
How to Use This Book 8
Appendix A: Lexical Sets 355
Appendix B: Guide to Phonetic Symbols 357
Appendix C: IPA and American Transcription 360
Reference Guide for Varieties of English 363
Raymond Hickey is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Duisburg and Essen, Germany. He is the editor of The Handbook of Language Contact (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), and the author of a number of books, including Eighteenth-Century English: Ideology and Change (2010), Varieties in Writing (2010), and Irish English in Today’s World (2011). He has also published over 100 articles on various issues within the field of linguistics.
"With coverage from Aitken's Law through the merry-Mary-marry
merger to Zimbabwean English, this comprehensive and concise - yet
accessible - dictionary, written by one of the foremost
practitioners in the field of English linguistics world-wide, will
be a major asset to professors and students alike."
—Rajend Mesthrie, University of Capetown
“The profusion of research on varieties of English
challenges comprehensibility, and Raymond Hickey’s Dictionary
provides an essential guide with straightforward, concise,
informative entries on all the varieties and their distinctive
—J. K. Chambers, University of Toronto