A History of the English Language

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The English language in its complex shapes and forms changes fast. This thoroughly revised edition has been refreshed with current examples of change and has been updated regarding archeological research. Most suggestions brought up by users and reviewers have been incorporated, for instance, a family tree for Germanic has been added, Celtic influence is highlighted much more, there is more on the origin of Chancery English, and internal and external change are discussed in much greater detail. The philosophy of the revised book remains the same with an emphasis on the linguistic history and on using authentic texts. My audience remains undergraduates (and beginning graduates). The goals of the class and the book are to come to recognize English from various time periods, to be able to read each stage with a glossary, to get an understanding of typical language change, internal and external, and to understand something about language typology through the emphasis on the change from synthetic to analytic.

This book has a companion website: http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/z.183.website

This title replaces A History of the English Language (2006)

[Not in series, 183]  2014.  xx, 338 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Preface to the first edition (2006)
ix–xi
Preface to the revised edition
xii–xiii
Notes to the user and abbreviations
xiv–xv
List of tables
xvi–xviii
List of figures
xix–xx
1. The English language
1–14
2. English spelling, sounds, and grammar
15–32
3. Before Old English
33–50
4. Old English: 450–1150
51–94
5. From Old to Middle English
95–114
6. Middle English: 1150–1500
115–158
7. Early Modern English: 1500–1700
159–206
8. Modern English: 1700–the present
207–250
9. English around the world
251–282
10. Conclusion
283–294
Appendix I: Possible answers to the exercises and some additional information on in-text questions
295–310
Appendix II: How to use the OED
311–314
Appendix III: Chronology of historical events
315–320
References
321–334
Index
335–338
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