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American and British English - Divided By a Common Language?

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Is British English becoming more like American English? If so, why, and in what ways? This book compares examples of American and British language data from the 1930s, 1960s, 1990s and 2000s, to track the most important ways that both varieties are changing over time, and compares the extent to which they are following similar paths using a mixture of computer and human analysis. The analysis is carried out across several levels, including spelling differences (such as colour vs color), vocabulary (truck vs lorry), and a range of morphological, grammatical, semantic and pragmatic features. Baker explores the changing aspects of American and British society which help to explain the findings.

List of contents

1. Introduction; 2. Spelling differences; 3. Letter sequences and affixation; 4. Higher frequency words; 5. Lower frequency words; 6. Part of speech categories; 7. Semantic categories; 8. Swearing, identity and discourse markers; 9. Conclusion.

About the author

Paul Baker is a nutritional biologist, passionate about science, kinesiology and meditation. He regularly holds conferences in Europe and abroad where he talks about sports nutrition, epigenetics, physical activity, disease prevention and how to structure personalized food plans.

He is constantly engaged in personal experimentation of vegan, vegetarian, carnivore lifestyles, and he puts together all the notions he has learned to better follow his patients with a combined, personalized approach that includes nutrition, training, counseling, laboratory analysis and supplements.

Paul's holistic approach to health is based on the use of food as medicine and is welcomed by adults of all ages, children and families looking for a return to a more natural lifestyle. He helps his clients quickly get rid of digestive disorders, inflammation, headaches, fatigue, weight gain, arthritis, eczema and other chronic health conditions, and get back to enjoying life to the fullest.


Is British English becoming more like American English, and if so, why, and in what ways? Paul Baker compares eight large sets of American and British English from the 1930s, 1960s, 1990s and 2000s, using a mixture of computer and human analysis to identify how both varieties are changing over time.


'An engaging, in depth look at British and American English. In addition, Baker demonstrates a range of methods for analyzing language at many levels, and for contextualizing the results.' Randi Reppen, Northern Arizona University

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