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10 - Some Turning Back: English in Retreat

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  25 May 2023

Peter Trudgill
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Université de Fribourg, Switzerland
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The tale of English spreading around the world, killing off other languages as it goes, is a spectacular and sad story, but it is not the whole story. There have been a few cases, such as the Labrador Inuit-Métis, where English first of all established a presence on the territory of a particular indigenous language only to be replaced in the long term by that indigenous language as native anglophones abandoned their mother tongue.

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The Long Journey of English
A Geographical History of the Language
, pp. 132 - 142
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2023

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Brody, Hugh. 2002. The other side of Eden: hunter-gatherers, farmers and the shaping of the world. London: Faber.Google Scholar
Trudgill, Peter. 2010. Investigations in sociohistorical linguistics: stories of colonisation and contact. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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