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Title: A History of the English Language
Written By: Elly van Gelderen
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=Z%20135
Description:

This exceptionally clear text focuses on internal changes in the English
language. It outlines the history of English from pre-Old English times to the
present. Not only does it present the traditional morphological descriptions of
the various stages of the language, it provides many example sentences,
texts, and cartoons that are analyzed for the benefit of the student and which
make this book ideal for class use. Some language-external topics are
covered such as early printing and authorship debates. Tables and figures
complement the material covered and exercises review the main points as
well as ask further, more challenging, questions. Answers to the exercises
are provided, as is a time line listing some of the external events, and some
guidance on how to use the OED. Complementary web site information is
provided throughout the book, and a companion web site accompanies the
book.

This book has a companion website: www.historyofenglish.net

Table of contents

Preface and Acknowledgements ix-xi
Abbreviations xii-xiii
List of Tables xiv-xvi
List of Figures xvii-xviii
The English Language 1-11
English Spelling, Sounds, and Grammar 13-28
Before Old English 29-45
Old English: 450-1150 47-90
From Old to Middle English 91-109
Middle English: 1150-1500 111-153
Early Modern English: 1500-1700 155-202
Modern English: 1700-present 203-248
English around the World 249-279
Conclusion 281-291
Appendices 293-317
References 319-330
Index 331-334


"Without doubt, the best short introduction to the history of English: lucid,
clearly exemplified, theoretically sophisticated but subdued. A delightful
textbook in every way."
Robert Stockwell, Professor Emeritus, UCLA

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: John Benjamins
Review: Read the review
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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