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The Emergence and Development of English

An Introduction


William A. Kretzschmar, Jr, University of Georgia


This textbook provides a step-by-step introduction to the history of the English language (HEL), offering a fresh perspective on the process of language change. Aimed at undergraduate students, The Emergence and Development of English is accessibly written, and contains a wealth of pedagogical tools, including chapter openers, key terms, chapter summaries, end-of-chapter exercises and suggestions for further reading. A central theme of the book is 'emergence', the key term from the study of complex systems, which describes how massive numbers…

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  • Includes a step-by-step introduction to the history of the English language (HEL), aimed at undergraduates and beginners
  • The complex systems theory gives students a comprehensive model they can use to understand the history of the language
  • End-of-chapter exercises and further readings provide students with the opportunity to practise what they've learnt and organize their own additional research
  • Appendices teach technical linguistic vocabulary so students can discuss language with the right terms

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