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Proper English?: readings in language, history and cultural identity

Debates about the state and status of the English language are rarelydebates about language alone. Closely linked to the question, what isproper English? is another, more significant social question: who arethe proper English?The texts in this book have been selected to illustrate the process bywhic...

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Main Author: Crowly T. (Tony)
Format: Book
Language: Английский
Published: London and New York Routledge (2006)
Series: The politics of language series
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Crowly T. Proper English?: readings in language, history and cultural identity - London and New York: Routledge, [2006] - 0с. - URL: http://libweb.kpfu.ru/z3950/bcover/0000533208_con.pdf

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