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A History of the English Language

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Roger Lass, Olga Fischer, Wim van der Wurff, Dieter Kastovsky, Terttu Nevalainen, Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade, Richard Coates, Richard Hogg, Edward Finegan, David Crystal
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  • Date Published: March 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521717991

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  • The history and development of English, from the earliest known writings to its status today as a dominant world language, is a subject of major importance to linguists and historians. In this book, a team of international experts cover the entire recorded history of the English language, outlining its development over fifteen centuries. With an emphasis on more recent periods, every key stage in the history of the language is covered, with full accounts of standardisation, names, the distribution of English in Britain and North America, and its global spread. New historical surveys of the crucial aspects of the language are presented, and historical changes that have affected English are treated as a continuing process, helping to explain the shape of the language today. This complete and up-to-date history of English will be indispensable to all advanced students, scholars and teachers in this prominent field.

    • Gives a complete history of the language, from the earliest writings to today
    • Covers the most up-to-date research, such as major new surveys of the crucial aspects of the language (sounds, word-structure, grammar and vocabulary)
    • Focusses on the most important issues rather than attempting to provide a chronological account
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    "This essay collection's intended audience of scholars, teachers of English language history, and advanced language students will relish its breath of topics and intelligent exchanges of ideas."
    Lynn Dianne Beene, University of New Mexico, Journal of Anthropological Research

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521717991
    • length: 510 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.81kg
    • contains: 12 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Overview David Denison and Richard Hogg
    2. Phonology and morphology Roger Lass
    3. Syntax Olga Fischer and Wim van der Wurff
    4. Vocabulary Dieter Kastovsky
    5. Standardization Terttu Nevalainen and Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade
    6. Names Richard Coates
    7. English in Britain Richard Hogg
    8. English in North America Edward Finegan
    9. English worldwide David Crystal.

  • Editors

    Richard Hogg, University of Manchester
    Richard M. Hogg is Smith Professor of Language and Medieval English at the University of Manchester.

    David Denison, University of Manchester
    David Denison is Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Manchester.


    Roger Lass, Olga Fischer, Wim van der Wurff, Dieter Kastovsky, Terttu Nevalainen, Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade, Richard Coates, Richard Hogg, Edward Finegan, David Crystal

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