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The English Language: A Historical Introduction

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Edition:
2nd
ISBN13:

9780521670012

ISBN10:
0521670012
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
4/27/2009
Publisher(s):
Cambridge University Press
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Summary

Where does today's English come from? This new edition of the bestseller by Charles Barber tells the story of the language from its remote ancestry to the present day. In response to demand from readers, a brand new chapter on late modern English has been added for this edition. Using dozens of familiar texts, including the English of King Alfred, Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Addison, the book tells you everything you need to know about the English language, where it came from and where it's going to. This edition adds new material on English as a global language and explains the differences between the main varieties of English around the world. Clear explanations of linguistic ideas and terms make it the ideal introduction for students on courses in English language and linguistics, and for all readers fascinated by language.

Table of Contents

Historical Introduction What is language?
The flux of language
The Indo-European languages
The Germanic languages
Old English
Norsemen and Normans
Middle English
Early Modern English
Late Modern English
English as a world language
English today and tomorrow.
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