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The Cambridge History of the English Language

The Cambridge History of the English Language

by Suzanne RomaineSuzanne Romaine


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This volume deals with the history of the English language from 1776 to the present day. An extensive introduction details the changing socio-historical setting in which English has developed in response to a continuing background of diversity as it was transplanted to North America and beyond. Separate chapters on pronunciation, syntax, and vocabulary chronicle the core linguistic features of the language during this period. In addition, there are chapters on English as a literary language, English grammar and usage, and place names. A separate volume on North American English is in preparation.

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ISBN-13: 9780521264778
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 01/28/1999
Series: The Cambridge History of the English Language , #4
Pages: 810
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.29(h) x 1.85(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Suzanne Romaine; 2. Vocabulary John Algeo; 3. Syntax David Denison; 4. Onomastics Richard Coates; 5. Phonology Michael K. C. MacMahon; 6. English grammar and usage Edward Finegan; 7. Literary language Sylvia Adamson; Glossary of linguistic terms; Bibliography; Index.

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"...nearly all of the material is quite clearly presented, well analyzed, and brings out aspects of English...that could easily be overlooked since the language has not changed nearly as much in the current period as it did in the previous seven hundred years." Notes on Linguistics

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