9780199249312

The Oxford History of English

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    9780199249312

  • ISBN10:

    0199249318

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 9/28/2006
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Summary

"The Oxford History of English traces the language from its obscure Indo-European roots to its position as the world's first language. In accounts made vivid with examples from an immense range of documentary evidence, including letters, diaries, and private records, fifteen experts describe the history of English in its versions, written and spoken. They reveal the language's rich and protean variety over the centuries and chart the progress of all its versions, standard, regional, and international. They describe and explain its constantly changing sounds, words, meanings, and grammar."--BOOK JACKET.

Author Biography


Lynda Mugglestone is News International Lecturer in Language and Communication, University of Oxford and Fellow in English Language and Literature, Pembroke College, Oxford.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
vii
List of Abbreviations
ix
Key to Phonetic Symbols x
Introduction: A History of English 1(6)
Lynda Mugglestone
Preliminaries: Before English
7(25)
Terry Hoad
Beginnings and Transitions: Old English
32(29)
Susan Irvine
Contacts and Conflicts: Latin, Norse, and French
61(25)
Matthew Townend
Middle English---Dialects and Diversity
86(34)
Marilyn Corrie
From Middle to Early Modern English
120(27)
Jeremy J. Smith
Restructuring Renaissance English
147(31)
April McMahon
Mapping Change in Tudor English
178(34)
Terttu Nevalainen
The Babel of Renaissance English
212(28)
Paula Blank
English at the Onset of the Normative Tradition
240(34)
Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade
English in the Nineteenth Century
274(31)
Lynda Mugglestone
Modern Regional English in the British Isles
305(29)
Clive Upton
English Among the Languages
334(26)
Richard W. Bailey
English World-wide in the Twentieth Century
360(34)
Tom McArthur
Into the Twenty-first Century
394(21)
David Crystal
A Chronology of English 415(14)
Notes on Contributors 429(3)
Acknowledgements 432(1)
References 433(40)
Index 473

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