The Story of English - Chapter 9, The New Englishes Summary & Analysis

Robert McCrum
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Chapter 9, The New Englishes Summary and Analysis

All the English dialects still have an admiration for the "highest" British accents. Languages always break up and evolve but English has been somewhat well-maintained. However, the most significant pressure for English to evolve is in areas where English is spoken as a majority second language. Jamaica offers the distinctly different English accent of all.

Jamaican English is almost unintelligible to other English speakers but the authors believe it is a harbinger of Englishes to come in other parts of the world. Many famous Jamaicans have made great achievements for the language, however, such as Bob Marley. The international power of English keeps Jamaican from deviating too much however. Standard English is still associated with money and success. Jamaican has also spread to areas in Toronto, New York, and London where many Jamaicans live.

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