The English Language: A Historical Introduction / Edition 2

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Overview

Where does today's English come from? This new edition of the bestseller by Charles Barber tells the story of the language from its remote ancestry to the present day. In response to demand from readers, a brand new chapter on late modern English has been added for this edition. Using dozens of familiar texts, including the English of King Alfred, Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Addison, the book tells you everything you need to know about the English language, where it came from and where it's going to. This edition adds new material on English as a global language and explains the differences between the main varieties of English around the world. Clear explanations of linguistic ideas and terms make it the ideal introduction for students on courses in English language and linguistics, and for all readers fascinated by language.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521670012
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/31/2009
  • Series: Cambridge Approaches to Linguistics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Barber was formerly Reader in English Language and Literature at the University of Leeds. He died in 2000.

Joan C. Beal is Professor of English Language in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics at the University of Sheffield.

Philip A. Shaw is Lecturer in Old and Middle English in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics at the University of Sheffield.

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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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