Author: Chris McCully, University of Manchester
Author: Sharon Hilles, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA, USA
Paperback: ISBN: 0582404746 Pages: 328 Price: U.K. £ 19.99
Using non-technical language 'The Earliest English' provides a comprehensive introduction to the evolution of Old English Language and Literature for introductory students of English Language and Linguistics.
In eight carefully structured units, the authors show how the vocabulary of Old English contains many items familiar to us today; how its characteristic poetic form is based on a beautiful and intricate simplicity; how its patterns of word building and inflectional structure are paralleled in several present day languages and how and why the English language and its literature continued to change so that by the mid 12th century the English language looks more like the 'English' that we are familiar with today.
Ling & Literature