The English Language: A Historical introduction

The English Language: A Historical introduction

by Charles Barber
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Where does today's English come from? This book describes the nature of language and language change, and presents a history of the English language from prehistory to the present day, dealing with key topics such as grammar, pronunciation and semantics. The main theoretical and technical concepts of historical linguistics are also explained. Charles Barber uses

Overview

Where does today's English come from? This book describes the nature of language and language change, and presents a history of the English language from prehistory to the present day, dealing with key topics such as grammar, pronunciation and semantics. The main theoretical and technical concepts of historical linguistics are also explained. Charles Barber uses familiar texts, including the English of King Alfred, Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Addison, to illustrate the state of the English language through time. This is a fascinating book for anyone with an interest in language.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'… a sound and comprehensive account of the development of English, its place in the world today and its possible future.' English Studies

'A clear, readable introduction to language … the layers of vocabulary are dealt with brilliantly …'. Good Book Guide

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521785709
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2000
Series:
Canto Book Series
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.71(d)

Meet the Author

Charles Barber was formerly Reader in English Language and Literature at the University of Leeds. He died in 2000.

Joan C. Beal is Professor of English Language in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics at the University of Sheffield.

Philip A. Shaw is Lecturer in Old and Middle English in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics at the University of Sheffield.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >