English from Caedmon to Chaucer: The Literary Development of English / Edition 1

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Overview

Traditionally, texts on the history of the English language have approached the subject solely from the point of view of linguistics. English from Caedmon to Chaucer goes one step further, placing the language's rich history in a cultural context. Curran discusses the impact of Germanic settlers, Viking invaders, and Norman conquerors on the culture and language of Britain and how these changes have impacted the literature of the English people throughout various periods in history. She examines the language starting in the fifth century, using a generous selection of excerpts of Old and Middle English works. The texts, accompanied by interlinear Modern English translations, demonstrate the written language while traditional linguistic methodology establishes the language's sound patterns. Readers of all backgrounds will better appreciate the rich literary tradition set by the master poets and prose writers of Old and Middle English.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577661962
  • Publisher: Waveland Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 The Historical Context of Old English 1
2 The Writing Systems of Old English 33
3 The Sounds of Old English 55
4 The Grammatical Structure of Old English 85
5 The Language of the Literature 111
6 The Dialects of Old English 139
7 The Struggle for Survival: 1066 and Its Aftermath 149
8 The Sounds of Middle English 167
9 The Grammatical Structure of Middle English 187
10 The Dialects of Middle English 205
11 Middle English Prosodies 219
12 Chaucer and the London Standard 249
List of Primary/Original Language Works Cited 275
Selected Bibliography 279
Primary Print Sources 279
Secondary Print Sources 281
Selected URLs 284
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