History of English Words / Edition 1

History of English Words / Edition 1

by Geoffrey Hughes
     
 

ISBN-10: 0631188541

ISBN-13: 9780631188544

Pub. Date: 02/29/2000

Publisher: Wiley

The history of the English language is a vast and expanding subject. This book traces the stages of the remarkable growth of the language, how it survived being displaced as the official language of England, and how in the last four centuries it has expanded through colonialism, trade and prestige to become the most spoken language in the world.  See more details below

Overview

The history of the English language is a vast and expanding subject. This book traces the stages of the remarkable growth of the language, how it survived being displaced as the official language of England, and how in the last four centuries it has expanded through colonialism, trade and prestige to become the most spoken language in the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631188544
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/29/2000
Series:
Language Library Series
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.35(h) x 1.56(d)

Table of Contents

Preface.

List of Sources and Abbreviations.

A Chronology of the English.

1. History in the Language: The Vocabulary as a Historical Repository.

2. The Foundations of English and the Formation of the Base Register.

3. The Norman Elite and the New Language of Power.

4. The Lexical Expansion of the Renaissance.

5. Licentiousness, Decorum and Lexicographical Order; A Short History of the Dictionary.

6. The Lexical Interchange of Imperialism.

7. Lexical Varieties in Modern and Contemporary English.

8. Changes in Lexical Structure.

Index.

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