The Oxford History of English

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Overview

The Oxford History of English traces the language from its obscure Indo-European roots to its position as the world's first language. In accounts made vivid with examples from an immense range of documentary evidence, including letters, diaries, and private records, fifteen experts describe the history of English in its versions, written and spoken. They reveal the language's rich and protean variety over the centuries and chart the progress of all its versions, standard, regional, and international. They describe and explain its constantly changing sounds, words, meanings, and grammar.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199660162
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 1/6/2013
  • Edition description: Updated
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 984,231
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Lynda Mugglestone is a University Lecturer in English and a Fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford. She has published widely on language in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. recent work includes Lexicography and the OED. Pioneers in the Untrodden Forest (Oxford University Press, 2002), 'Talking Proper'. The Rise of Accent as Social Symbol 2nd edn. (Oxford University Press, 2003), and Lost for Words. The Hidden History of the Oxford English Dictionary (Yale University Press, 2004).

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Table of Contents

Introduction : a history of English Lynda Mugglestone Mugglestone, Lynda 1

1 Preliminaries : before English Terry Hoad Hoad, Terry 7

2 Beginnings and transitions : old English Susan Irvine Irvine, Susan 32

3 Contacts and conflicts : Latin, Norse, and French Matthew Townend Townend, Matthew 61

4 Middle English - dialects and diversity Marilyn Corrie Corrie, Marilyn 86

5 From middle to early modern English Jeremy J. Smith Smith, Jeremy J. 120

6 Restructuring Renaissance English April McMahon McMahon, April 147

7 Mapping change in Tudor English Terttu Nevalainen Nevalainen, Terttu 178

8 The bable of Renaissance English Paula Blank Blank, Paula 212

9 English at the onset of the Normative tradition Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade van Ostade, Ingrid Tieken-Boon 240

10 English in the nineteenth century Lynda Mugglestone Mugglestone, Lynda 274

11 Modern regional English in the British Isles Clive Upton Upton, Clive 305

12 English among the languages Richard W. Bailey Bailey, Richard W. 334

13 English world-wide in the twentieth century Tom McArthur McArthur, Tom 360

14 Into the twenty-first century David Crystal Crystal, David 394

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