New-Dialect Formation: The Inevitability of Colonial Englishes by Peter Trudgill
This book presents a new and controversial theory about dialectics and the formation of new colonial dialects. It examines the origins of Latin America, Spanish, Canadian, French and North American…
New Dialect Formation synopsis
This book presents a new and controversial theory about dialectics and the formation of new colonial dialects. It examines the origins of Latin America, Spanish, Canadian, French and North American America, but focuses on Australian English and South Africa, with particular emphasis on the development of the latest wide range of English, New Zealand language.
Peter Trudgel argues that the linguistic growth of these new types of English was necessarily specific, in that their acoustics were the expected result of a mixture of dialects from the British Isles to the Southern Hemisphere in the 19th century. These varieties are similar to each other, not because of historical ties between them, but because they were formed from similar mixtures according to the same principles.
The basic argument is that social factors such as social status, prestige and stigma played no role in the early years of the evolution of the colonial dialect, and that the "work" of forming new colonial dialects was done by children over two generations. The book also uses insights from studying the early forms of these colonial dialects to highlight the nature of English in the 19th century in the British Isles..
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