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By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

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Title: Chinese Englishes
Subtitle: A Sociolinguistic History
Written By: Kingsley Bolton
Series Title: Studies in English Language

This book explores the history of the English language in China from the
arrival of the first English-speaking traders in the early seventeenth
century to the present. Kingsley Bolton brings together and examines a
substantial body of historical, linguistic and sociolinguistic research on
the description and analysis of English in Hong Kong and China. He uses
early wordlists, satirical cartoons and data from journals and memoirs, as
well as more conventional sources, to uncover the forgotten history of
English in China and to show how contemporary Hong Kong English has its
historical roots in Chinese pidgin English. The book also considers the
varying status of English in mainland China over time, and recent
developments since 1997. With its interdisciplinary perspective, the book
will appeal not only to linguists, but to all those working in the fields
of Asian studies and English studies, including those concerned with
cultural and literary studies.

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521030013
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 356
Prices: U.K. £ 21.99
U.S. $ 37.99