A History of the English Language

A History of the English Language

by Elly van Gelderen
     
 

This exceptionally clear text focuses on internal changes in the English language. It outlines the history of English from pre-Old English times to the present. Not only does it present the traditional morphological descriptions of the various stages of the language, it provides many example sentences, texts, and cartoons that are analyzed for the benefit of the… See more details below

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This exceptionally clear text focuses on internal changes in the English language. It outlines the history of English from pre-Old English times to the present. Not only does it present the traditional morphological descriptions of the various stages of the language, it provides many example sentences, texts, and cartoons that are analyzed for the benefit of the student and which make this book ideal for class use. Some language-external topics are covered such as early printing and authorship debates. Tables and figures complement the material covered and exercises review the main points as well as ask further, more challenging, questions. Answers to the exercises are provided, as is a time line listing some of the external events, and some guidance on how to use the OED. Complementary web site information is provided throughout the book, and a companion web site accompanies the book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789027232366
Publisher:
Benjamins, John Publishing Company
Publication date:
08/15/2006
Pages:
352

Table of Contents

1The English language1
2English spelling, sounds, and grammar13
3Before Old English29
4Old English47
5From Old to Middle English91
6Middle English111
7Early modern English155
8Modern English203
9English around the world249
10Conclusion281

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