The English Language: A Historical Introduction / Edition 2by Charles Barber, Joan C. Beal, Philip A. Shaw
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 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.
Table of Contents1. 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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