Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Publisher Login
amazon logo
More Info

New from Oxford University Press!


It's Been Said Before

By Orin Hargraves

It's Been Said Before "examines why certain phrases become clichés and why they should be avoided -- or why they still have life left in them."

New from Cambridge University Press!


Sounds Fascinating

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.

Book Information

Sun Image

Title: A Companion to the History of the English Language
Written By: Haruko Momma
Michael Matto
Series Title: Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture

This Companion brings together more than 60 distinguished contributors to offer
a wide-ranging survey of the history of the English language, from its Indo-
European and Germanic past, through British and American usage, to the rise of
colonial and post-colonial English. Many of the essays investigate regional and
ethnic varieties and take up issues of class and gender.The book explores the
many diverse approaches to the study of English in one volume, ranging from
linguistics and etymology to the philosophy of language and literary history.
Concise introductions place individual essays within larger contexts; notes on
phonetics, a chronological list of events, and a glossary of linguistic terms
facilitate use and connect the reader to the uses of the English language over
the centuries. A meeting ground for students of language and literature, this
broad-ranging volume considers cultural, social, literary, material, and
theoretical approaches to the study of language.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Review: Read the review
BibTex: View BibTex record
Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
History of Linguistics
Ling & Literature
Subject Language(s): English
Issue: All announcements sent out by The LINGUIST List are emailed to our subscribers and archived with the Library of Congress.
Click here to see the original emailed issue.

Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780470657935
Pages: 728
Prices: U.S. $ 49.95