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Overview

THE ORIGINS AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE reflects current research and takes a linguistic-analysis approach with a focus on the facts of language rather than theoretical approaches.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780155001688
  • Publisher: Harcourt College Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/1992
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.62 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

John Algeo is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Georgia. He is past president of the American Dialect Society, the Dictionary Society of North America, and the American Name Society. He was an associate editor of the OXFORD COMPANION TO THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE and editor of Volume 6 of the CAMBRIDGE HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE: ENGLISH IN NORTH AMERICA. He was a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar and a Guggenheim Fellow at University College London and is author of the 2006 Cambridge book BRITISH OR AMERICAN ENGLISH? A HANDBOOK OF WORD AND GRAMMAR PATTERNS.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Language and Languages: An Introduction 1
2 The Sounds of Current English 25
3 Letters and Sounds: A Brief History of Writing 42
4 The Backgrounds of English 61
5 The Old English Period (449-1100) 95
6 The Middle English Period (1100-1500) 134
7 The Modern English Period to 1800: Sounds and Spellings 165
8 The Modern English Period to 1800: Forms and Syntax 182
9 Recent British and American English 212
10 Words and Meanings 237
11 New Words from Old 258
12 Foreign Elements in the English Word Stock 286
Selected Bibliography 313
Glossary-Index of Terms 338
Index of Modern English Words and Affixes 361
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    I am totally impressed with this textbook. The order of the book allows ease of finding specific information. It is very informative while being very easy to read. The information is very interesting and gives an excellent breakdown of language forms and functions. I am very glad that I purchased this textbook as it is the perfect source for my linguistics class, The History of the English Language! Our instructor gave us the option of buying any of several titles but this has to be the best of those titles.

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