A History of the English Language

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Overview

Praise for the fifth edition:

'The fifth edition of A History of the English Language will continue to be the standard reference work on the history of English.'

Peter Erdmann, Technische University, Berlin, Germany

'Baugh and Cable's classic is still an absolute must for everyone interested in the development of English in its socio-historical context. Revised and updated, this edition continues to provide an engagin biography of a living and dynamic language.'

Ishtla Singh, Kings College, London, UK

A History of the English Language is a comprehensive exploration of the linguistic and cultural development of English, from the Middle Ages to the present day. Revised and updated, the fifth edition continues to provide students with a balanced and up-to-date overview of the subject. The new edition includes:


  • A revised first chapter, 'English present and future'

  • A new section on gender issues and linguistic change

  • Updated material on African-American vernacular English.

Albert C.Baugh was Schelling Memorial Professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

Thomas Cable is Jane and Roland Blumberg Centennial Professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415093798
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/4/1993
  • Edition number: 4

Table of Contents

Preface
1 English Present and Future 1
2 The Indo-European Family of Languages 16
3 Old English 41
4 Foreign Influences on Old English 72
5 The Norman Conquest and the Subjection of English, 1066-1200 105
6 The Reestablishment of English, 1200-1500 124
7 Middle English 154
8 The Renaissance, 1500-1650 195
9 The Appeal to Authority, 1650-1800 248
10 The Nineteenth Century and After 290
11 The English Language in America 345
Appendix A Specimens of the Middle English Dialects 401
Appendix B English Spelling 414
Index 421
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