History of English

History of English

by Jonathan Culpeper
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415145910

ISBN-13: 9780415145916

Pub. Date: 08/01/1997

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Whilst maintaining the accessibility for the beginner, the level of this second edition has been raised by the addition of much more detail, a greater focus on theories and controversies, and a clearer route to key works in the field. History of English:


  • examines the history of the English language in order to explain the English that is

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Overview

Whilst maintaining the accessibility for the beginner, the level of this second edition has been raised by the addition of much more detail, a greater focus on theories and controversies, and a clearer route to key works in the field. History of English:


  • examines the history of the English language in order to explain the English that is used today

  • introduces key linguistic concepts

  • provides 'discussion points' to generate debate

  • involves readers in collecting and analyzing their own data

  • contains a 'mini-corpus' of texts, used for exercises and to illustrate points raised in the commentary.

Revised throughout, this updated edition contains a new internet resource section and an updated further reading section, to help readers take their study further.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415145916
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/01/1997
Series:
Language Workbooks Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
114
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Using this book
Acknowledgements
1The birth of English: clues in placenames1
2Investigating change in English10
3Spellings and speech sounds16
4Borrowing words23
5New words from old29
6Changing meanings36
7Punctuation42
8Grammar I: nouns47
9Grammar II: verbs54
10Dialects in British English60
11Standardisation68
12World Englishes75
Appendix IReading an OED entry80
Appendix IIPhonetic transcription81
Appendix IIIA 'mini-corpus' of texts83
Appendix IVSome answers90
Appendix VGeneral reading99
Index100

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