The English Language: A Historical Introduction / Edition 2 by Charles Barber, Joan C. Beal, Philip A. Shaw | | 9780521670012 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
The English Language: A Historical Introduction / Edition 2

The English Language: A Historical Introduction / Edition 2

by Charles Barber, Joan C. Beal, Philip A. Shaw
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521670012

ISBN-13: 9780521670012

Pub. Date: 05/31/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Where does today's English come from? This book describes the nature of language and language change, and presents a history of the English language from prehistory to the present day, dealing with key topics such as grammar, pronunciation and semantics. The main theoretical and technical concepts of historical linguistics are also explained. Charles Barber uses

Overview

Where does today's English come from? This book describes the nature of language and language change, and presents a history of the English language from prehistory to the present day, dealing with key topics such as grammar, pronunciation and semantics. The main theoretical and technical concepts of historical linguistics are also explained. Charles Barber uses familiar texts, including the English of King Alfred, Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Addison, to illustrate the state of the English language through time. This is a fascinating book for anyone with an interest in language.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521670012
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/31/2009
Series:
Cambridge Approaches to Linguistics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1. What is language?; 2. The flux of language; 3. The Indo-European languages; 4. The Germanic languages; 5 Old English; 6. Norsemen and Normans; 7. Middle English; 8. Early Modern English; 9. Late Modern English; 10. English as a world language; 11. English today and tomorrow.

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