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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 describethe history of English in all 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. With impeccable and approachable scholarship, they describe and explain itsconstantly changing sounds, words, meanings, and grammar. This is a book for everyone interested in the English language, present and past.
Dr Lynda Mugglestone is a University Lecturer in English and a Fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford. She has published widely on language in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. recent work includes Lexicography and the OED. Pioneers in the Untrodden Forest (Oxford University Press, 2002), 'Talking Proper'. The Rise of Accent as Social Symbol 2nd edn. (Oxford University Press, 2003), and Lost for Words. The Hidden History of the Oxford English Dictionary (Yale University Press, 2004).
Table of Contents
|Introduction: A History of the English Language|
|Preliminaries: Before English|
|Beginnings and Transitions: Old English|
|Contacts and Conflicts: Latin, Norse, and French|
|Middle English - Dialects and Diversity|
|From Middle to Early Modern English|
|Restructuring Renaissance English|
|Mapping Change in Tudor English|
|The Babel of Renaissance English|
|English at the Onset of the Normative Tradition|
|English in the Nineteenth Century|
|Modern Regional English in the British Isles|
|English Among the Languages|
|English Worldwide in the Twentieth Century|
|Into the Twenty-first Century|
|A Chronology of English|
|Notes on Contributors|
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