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By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

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Title: Gender Shifts in the History of English
Written By: Anne Curzan

Note: This is the paperback edition of a previously announced book.

How and why did grammatical gender, found in Old English and in other
Germanic languages, gradually disappear from English and get replaced by a
system where the gender of nouns and the use of personal pronouns depend on
the natural gender of the referent? How is this shift related to ‘irregular
agreement’ (such as she for ships) and ‘sexist’ language use (such as
generic he) in Modern English, and how is the language continuing to evolve
in these respects? Anne Curzan's accessibly written and carefully
researched study is based on extensive corpus data, and will make a major
contribution by providing a historical perspective on these often
controversial questions. It will be of interest to researchers and students
in history of English, historical linguistics, corpus linguistics, language
and gender, and medieval studies.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521117267
ISBN-13: 9780521117265
Prices: U.K. £ 18.99
U.S. $ 34.99