The History of the English Language: A Sourcebook / Edition 2

The History of the English Language: A Sourcebook / Edition 2

by David Burnley
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0582312639

ISBN-13: 9780582312630

Pub. Date: 06/08/2000

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This second edition of The History of the English Language- A Sourcebook provides a comprehensive and accessible guide to the origins and development of the English language. First published in 1992, the book contains over fifty illustrative passages, drawn from the oldest English to the twentieth century. The passages are contextualised by individual introductions

Overview

This second edition of The History of the English Language- A Sourcebook provides a comprehensive and accessible guide to the origins and development of the English language. First published in 1992, the book contains over fifty illustrative passages, drawn from the oldest English to the twentieth century. The passages are contextualised by individual introductions and grouped into the traditional periods of Old English, Early Middle English, Later Middle English, Early Modern English and Modern English. These periods are connected by brief essays explaining the major linguistic developments associated with each period, to produce a continuous outline history.
For this new edition Professor Burnley has expanded the outline of linguistic features at each of the main chronological divisions and included more selections and illustrations. A new section has also been included to illustrate the language of advertising from the 18th century to the present. The book will be of general interest to all those interested in the origins and development of the English language, and in particular to students and teachers of the history of the English language at A-level and university.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780582312630
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/08/2000
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
440
Sales rank:
1,082,401
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

List of Platesxi
Acknowledgementsxii
Preface to the First Editionxiii
Preface to the Second Editionxv
Abbreviationsxvii
Symbolsxviii
Chronologyxx
Old English (700-1100)1
1Dialect Texts9
AThe Vespasian Psalter gloss9
BThe Lindisfarne Gospel gloss13
CA Kentish Charter18
2Alfred's Preface to the Pastoral Care20
3Caedmon29
4A Homily of AElfric39
5AElfric's Cosmology45
6The Battle of Brunanburh51
7The Battle of Maldon57
Early Middle English (1100-1300)65
8The Peterborough Chronicle70
AFirst Continuation (1127)72
BFinal Continuation (1154)78
9The Ormulum82
10Vices and Virtues92
11The Ancrene Wisse101
12A Kentish Sermon: The Marriage at Cana111
13A Proclamation of Henry III (1258)116
14The South English Legendary121
15Kyng Alisaunder128
Later Middle English (1300-1500)137
16Robert Mannyng's Chronicle of England145
17The Pearl151
18Geoffrey Chaucer159
A'The Reeve's Tale'162
BTroilus and Criseyde, Prologue to Book II164
19A Letter from the Corporation of London to Henry V (1417)171
20The Study of the Vernacular in Medieval England175
AThe Preface to a Wycliffite Biblical Concordance175
BA Fifteenth-Century Text on Phonetics181
21Osbern Bokenham's Mappula Angliae185
22A Paston letter191
23Malory, 'The Giant of St Michael's Mount'195
AThe Winchester text198
BCaxton's text201
24John Skelton, translation of the Bibliotheca Historica of Diodorus Siculus205
Early Modern English (1500-1800)211
25Thomas Wilson, The Arte of Rhetorique216
26The Diary of Henry Machyn222
27John Lyly, Euphues or The Anatomy of Wit226
28Letters of Queen Elizabeth I and King James VI of Scotland233
AQueen Elizabeth's letter234
BKing James's letter235
29George Puttenham, The Arte of English Poesie238
30Thomas Nashe245
AFrom the Preface to Christs Teares over Jerusalem245
BFrom The Unfortunate Traveller247
31Shakespeare, Love's Labour's Lost, Act V, scene i252
32Thomas Dekker, The Guls Horne-booke260
33John Donne266
ASeventeenth Meditation267
B'Song'268
C'The good-morrow'269
34The Letters of Lady Brilliana Harley272
35John Milton, from Paradise Lost, Book II278
36Sir Isaac Newton, Opticks286
37Alexander Pope, The Rape of the Lock290
38Daniel Defoe, A Tour through the Whole Island of Great Britain298
39From the Preface to Johnson's Dictionary304
40Fanny Burney, a letter from Bath, 8 September 1791310
Modern English (1800-1920)315
41Thomas Carlyle, Signs of the Times321
42Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers326
43Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights331
44Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man337
45From the General Explanations to the New English Dictionary342
46Henry Bradley, Review of the New English Dictionary349
47Henry Sweet, The Practical Study of Languages356
48Soldiers' letters home in World War I361
ATwo letters from Captain Talbot362
BExcerpt from a letter by Private Sweeney364
49D. H. Lawrence, 'Fanny and Annie'368
Appendix375
51The English Bible388
AMark 6: 18-30389
BMatthew 7: 13-29393
52The Marriage Service in English399
References and background reading408
Index415

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