With more than 100 original contributions authored by widely acclaimed specialists in the field, this two-volume handbook is by far the most comprehensive reference work on phonology and the first-ever comprehensive overview of the morphology and syntax of varieties of English in the world. It covers all main national standard varieties, distinctive regional, ethnic, and social varieties, major contact varieties, as well as major ESL varieties. The contributions are descriptive survey articles with a common core, which makes the handbook invaluable from cross-dialectal and cross-linguistic perspectives. The contributions provide information on the historical and cultural backgrounds as well as the current sociolinguistic situations, and provide state-of-the-art reports on major issues in current research. The handbook is accompanied by a CD-ROM providing new sound material for each variety as well as interactive maps. It also includes comprehensive bibliographies and links to relevant websites. Together, the handbook and the CD-ROM are an indispensable reference work and research tool for sociolinguists, dialectologists, phonologists, grammarians, typologists, and specialists in contact languages and varieties of English around the world. Given its accessible style and its rich auditory and visual support, this handbook is also ideally suited for undergraduate and beginning graduate students. The editors are responsible for the following topics: . Kate Burridge/ Bernd Kortmann: Australia / Pacific Archipelagos . Bernd Kortmann: British Isles: Morphology and Syntax . Rajend Mesthrie: Africa / South and Southeast Asia . Edgar W. Schneider: The Americas / Caribbean . Clive Upton: British Isles: Phonology"
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Bernd Kortmann is Professor at the University of Freiburg/Breisgau, Germany. Edgar W. Schneider is Professor at the University of Regensburg, Germany. Kate Burridge is Professor at La Trobe University, Australia. Rajend Mesthrie is Professor at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Clive Upton is Professor at Leeds University, United Kingdom.Review:
"To get straight to the point: The Handbook of Varieties of English is a dream come true, especially so for those of us whose teaching responsibilities include courses on varieties of English around the world. Ý...¨ The editors have set their sights high - and managed to achieve them admirably. Ý...¨ this is the kind of reference work that comes along maybe once in a generation, and will revolutionize the ways in which we and our students can work with the English language." -- Monika S. Schmid
"These state-of-the-art volumes are a magnificent testimony to the incredible amount of research which has been carried out in the last quarter century on variation in English around the world. The editors should be heartily congratulated [...]"David Britain in: Journal of Linguistics 3/2007 "The editors have set their sights high - and managed to achieve them admirably. [...] this is the kind of reference work that comes along maybe oncein a generation, and will revolutionize the ways in which we and our students can work with the English language."Monika S. Schmid in: Linguist List 16.1740 "The handbook marks a milestone in the field of English linguistics."Holger Diessel in: Zeitschrift fur Sprachwissenschaft 11/2006 "This impressive reference presents the most up-to-date findings on the phonology (v.1), morphology, and syntax (v.2) for 60 varieties of English, including national standard; regional, ethnic, and social; pidgins and creoles; and the major English as a second language varieties of the British Isles, Americas and Caribbean, Pacific and Australasia, Africa, and South and Southeast Asia."Reference & Research Book News, 08/2005"
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