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…  See more details below

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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

List of figures
Preface
1What is language?1
2The flux of language32
3The Indo-European languages58
4The Germanic languages81
5Old English100
6Norsemen and Normans127
7Middle English151
8Early Modern English175
9English in the scientific age199
10English as a world language234
11English today and tomorrow262
Notes and suggestions for further reading279
Bibliography283
Index292

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