ENG6362S: Post-1800 Encyclopedia article brainstorming
- The rise of English (vs French) as a world language (suggested by
- The influence of French on the culinary register (Zach).
- The cultural significance and linguistic influence of Latin
- The implications of English as a global language, with specific
reference to EFL issues (Rebecca)
- A synchronic study of the prestige of English (and myths about the
prestige of English -- Cathy Davidson has pointed out that it's often the
language of drug dealing in e.g. Hong Kong films ...) (suggested by Dane).
- The influence of English on other languages and issues raised by this
(suggested by Cheratra).
- Something that covers variation in the form of adverbs like
real/ly good (suggested by Andrea): adverbs in English?
prescriptivism? variation between American and Canadian English?
- English-based pidgins and creoles.
- The origin of AAVE: creole or English dialect? (Tagliamonte and other
- Something about myths about English (receptiveness to loanwords =
oppression of donor cultures? -- check out intersection of Bailey 1991
and Pennycook's books).
- Something about (how did Jennifer put it) the metanarratives of the
history of English: the 19thc is very rich for this. (Jennifer)
- Something about Canadian English (IS there really a Canadian English?
-- Jaan Lilles' article in English Today...; use Jack Chambers' Regional
Dialectology stuff) (Dane)
- The influence of a non-European language on English (Chinese,
Japanese, indigenous languages of Africa, India, North America).
- The influence of African languages on a variety or varieties of
- The spelling of non-European place names (Peking/Beijing, that sort of
thing) -- might need to be expanded (spelling of loanwords?).
- The exploitation by a literary author of linguistic variation (e.g.
Wordsworth and native/latinate diction: stuff by Christopher Ricks;
- Studies of ethnic varieties of English and/or issues raised by ethnic
varieties of English (suggested by Rebecca).
- The literary use of non-standard varieties (e.g. "Nation language",
- Blend words. (Please include advertising/product names, etc.?)
- The Plain English movement (Dale)
- Something about the influence of industry on the English language
(trade names like Kleenex/xerox -- all those odd spellings!; ownership of
words; lower-case letters...)
- The influence of e-mail on the language of e-mail and on English
- Issues in the teaching of English as a foreign language, a synchronic
survey (combination of people's suggestions?).
- Issues raised by biblical translation post-1800 (suggested by Andrea).
- Political correctness: the effects on PDE of the inclusive language
debate (suggested by
Cheratra). And/or the mechanisms of enforcement of inclusive language?
- Reclamation of loaded words (fag, nigger, etc.) (suggested by