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The English Language: A Historical Introduction

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Edition:
2nd
ISBN13:

9781107693937

ISBN10:
1107693934
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
3/30/2012
Publisher(s):
Cambridge Univ Pr

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What version or edition is this?
This is the 2nd edition with a publication date of 3/30/2012.
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  • The New copy of this book will include any supplemental materials advertised. Please check the title of the book to determine if it should include any CDs, lab manuals, study guides, etc.

Summary

This bestselling text by Charles Barber, with updating contributions from Joan C. Beal and Philip A. Shaw, recounts the history of the English language from its remote ancestry to the present day. Using dozens of familiar texts, including the English of King Alfred, Shakespeare and Chaucer, the English language is explored in terms of where it came from, where it is going, and the global impact it has had, taking into account the many varieties of English that now exist. Stimulating and interesting, it is not only written for specialists on language and linguistics, but also for general readers who take an interest in the subject.


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