The English Language in Canada Status, History and Comparative Analysis

by Charles (Associate Professor of Linguistics, McGill University, Montreal) Boberg

Part of the Studies in English Language Series

The English Language in Canada Status, History and Comparative Analysis Synopsis

The English Language in Canada examines the current status, history and principal features of Canadian English, focusing on the 'standard' variety heard across the country today. The discussion of the status of Canadian English considers the number and distribution of its speakers, its relation to French and other Canadian languages and to American English, its status as the expressive medium of English Canadian culture and its treatment in previous research. The review of its history concentrates on the historical roots and patterns of English-speaking settlement that established Canadian English and influenced its character in each region of Canada. The analysis of its principal features compares the vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar of Canadian English to standard British and American English. Subsequent chapters examine variation and change in the vocabulary and pronunciation of Canadian English, while a final chapter briefly considers the future of Canadian English.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780521874328
Publication date: 26th August 2010
Author: Charles (Associate Professor of Linguistics, McGill University, Montreal) Boberg
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 292 pages
Categories: Historical & comparative linguistics,

About Charles (Associate Professor of Linguistics, McGill University, Montreal) Boberg

Charles Boberg obtained his BA in Political Science from the University of Alberta (1986) and his Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania (1997). He now teaches Linguistics at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. His research interests focus on variation and change in North American English, particularly Canadian English. He is a co-author, with William Labov and Sharon Ash, of the Atlas of North American English: Phonetics, Phonology and Sound Change (2006).

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