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Varieties of English "The Handbook of Varieties of English (editors: Bernd Kortmann and Edgar W. Schneider) consists of two parts: Volume 1: Phonology and Volume 2: Morphology and Syntax. Descriptive survey articles authored by widely acclaimed specialists in the field cover all main national standard varieties, distinctive regional, ethnic, and social varieties, and major contact varieties of English, as well as major ESL varieties. The articles share a common core, which makes them invaluable research tools for cross-linguistic comparisons. Information on the historical and cultural backgrounds as well as the current sociolinguistic situations in the respective regions is provided, as well as state-of-the-art reports on major issues in current research." (LC)