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The English Language: A Historical introductionby Charles Barber
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.
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.
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