Englishness, civil society and linguistic identity in Britain. In Paxman’s words: “ The greatest legacy the English have bequeated the rest of humanity is their language .”
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Englishness, civil society and linguistic identity in Britain
The first New World settlement was established in Jamestown in 1607.
During the 17th century, British rule was established in the West Indian islands of Antigua, Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago.
Canada was won from the French in 1763.
India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Tanzania, Pakistan, Singapore and Nigeria are considered typical countries of the Outer Circle where new varieties of English arose over time through contact with native languages.
"At one fell swoop," "vanish into thin air" and "flesh and blood" are all Shakespeare's. Words he bequeathed to the language include "critical", "majestic", "dwindle" and "pedant"
We could say that there isn’t a city up there, it’s a Jane Austen novel.
and you are in for a spell of enchantment.
There are villages that
All this is typically British.
They will then assume that “Pleased to meet you” is ‘incorrect’, something that is confirmed also by some etiquette books, according to which one should not say “Pleased to meet you” as it is an obvious lie: one cannot possibly be sure at that point whether one is pleased to meet the person or not
“If there is a more hideous language on the face of the earth than the American form of English, I should like to know what it is”.
Americans tell it as it is.
Linguistic subtlety, innuendo, and irony that the British find delightful puzzle the Americans, who take most statements at face value, weigh them for accuracy, and reject anything they don’t understand.
They call spades spadesand have troubles with complex metaphors.