'English in Modern Times' describes the development of the English language
from 1700 until 1945, and argues that it is in the course of this later
modern English period that the characteristics of 'modern' English evolved.
This is the first undergraduate text to cover the whole of this important
period, which has been called the 'Cinderella' of English historical
linguistics because of its lack of representation in scholarly literature.
This book is socio-historical in orientation, arguing that social changes
in the Anglophone world need to be taken into account if we are to
understand the linguistic changes that occurred during this period. Unlike
many earlier histories of English, 'English in Modern Times' does not
define 'English' as confined to Standard (English) English, but also
considers the development of extraterritorial Englishes and non-standard
varieties of British English in the Later Modern period.
Further chapters deal with changes in vocabulary, syntax and morphology and
phonology and with the attempts of lexicographers, grammarians and
elocutionists to arrest and control these changes by codifying the language.
1 Modern English and modern times
2 The vocabulary of Later Modern English
3 Recording and regulations the lexicon: dictionaries from Dr Johnson to
the Oxford English Dictionary
4 Syntactic change in Later Modern English
5 Grammars and grammarians
5.2 Models and theories or descriptive grammars
5.3 English grammars of the nineteenth century
5.4 Grammars in the early twentieth century
6 Phonological change in Later Modern English
6.2 Evidence for Later Modern English pronunciation
6.3 Phonological change
7 Defining the standard of pronunciation: pronouncing dictionaries and the
rise of Recieved Pronunciation
7.2 Defining 'a proper pronunciation'
7.3 Received Pronunciation
8 Beyond standard English: Varieties of English in the Later Modern period
8.2 Regional dialects of British English
8.3 Beyond the British Isles