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From the Publisher“This ground-breaking book includes insightful and thoroughanalyses of a large number of features in the history of English,offering numerous new starting-points and theoreticalconsiderations. Indispensable for all students and scholars ofEnglish historical linguistics and philology.” MattiRissanen, University of Helsinki, Finland
“A wonderful encapsulation of the field by cutting-edgescholars, inspired by the fin de siècle burst ofresearch success in English historical linguistics. A must-read forall English language historians interested in how far we have cometoward resolving the issues left open by Jespersen, Luick, Wyld,Sweet, and the other great philologists. It offers vastly deeperaccess to these problems, both through computer corpora and throughnew theoretical insights. Brilliant and often definitive.”Robert Stockwell, UCLA
"As with The Handbook of English Linguistics, I enjoyed differentinsights and would also use it for state-of-the-art summaries andadditional reading."
Elly Van Gelderen, Arizona State University