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Title: The History of English
Subtitle: A Student's Guide
Written By: Ishtla Singh

'The History of English' provides an accessible introduction to the changes
that English has undergone from its Indo-European beginnings to the present
day. The text looks at the major periods in the history of English, and
provides for each a socio-historical context, an overview of the relevant
major linguistic changes, and also focuses on an area of current research
interest, either in sociolinguistics or in literary studies. Exercises and
activities that allow the reader to get 'hands-on' with different stages of
the language, as well as with the concepts of language change, are also

By explaining language change with close reference to literary and other
textual examples and emphasising the integral link between a language and
its society, this text is especially useful for students of literature as
well as linguistics.

Introductory overview
'Ever wonder why...?'
The Old English period (449–1066)
The Middle English period (1066–1500)
The Early Modern English period (1500–1800)
The Modern English period (1800 >)

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: Hodder Education
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Ling & Literature
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0340806958
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: c.256pp
Prices: U.K. £ 14.99