An Historical Study of English: A Dynamic Approach / Edition 1

An Historical Study of English: A Dynamic Approach / Edition 1

by Jeremy Smith, J. J. Smith
     
 

Through his analysis of selected major developments in the history of English, Jeremy Smith argues that the history of the language can only be understood from a dynamic perspective. He proposes that internal linguistic mechanisms for language change cannot be meaningfully explained in isolation or without reference to external linguistic factors.
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Through his analysis of selected major developments in the history of English, Jeremy Smith argues that the history of the language can only be understood from a dynamic perspective. He proposes that internal linguistic mechanisms for language change cannot be meaningfully explained in isolation or without reference to external linguistic factors.
Smith provides the reader with an accessible synthesis of recent developments in English historical linguistics. His book: Looks at the theory and methodology of linguistic historiography . Considers the major changes in writing systems, pronunciation and grammar. Provides examples of these changes, such as the standardisation of spellings and accent and the origins of the Great Vowel Shift Focuses on the origins of two non-standard varieties; eighteenth century Scots and twentieth century British Black English.This book makes fascinating reading for students of English Historical linguistics, and is an original, important and above all, lively contribution to the field.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415132732
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/28/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgements
List of symbols and signs
1Introduction3
2On evidence13
3Linguistic evolution39
4Transmission I: change in writing-system55
5Transmission II: sound-change79
6Change in the lexicon112
7Grammatical change141
8Two varieties in context165
9Conclusion194
Notes197
Suggestions for further reading201
References207
Index216

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