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Title: The History of English
Subtitle: An Introduction
Written By: Stephan Gramley
URL: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415566407/
Description:

"The History of English: An Introduction" provides a chronological analysis
of the linguistic, social, and cultural development of the English language
from before its establishment in Britain around the year 450 to the
present. Each chapter represents a new stage in the development of the
language from Old English through Middle English to Modern Global English,
all illustrated with a rich and diverse selection of primary texts showing
changes in language resulting from contact, conquest and domination, and
the expansion of English around the world.

"The History of English" goes beyond the usual focus on English in the UK
and the USA to include the wider global course of the language during and
following the Early Modern English period. This perspective therefore also
includes a historical review of English in its pidgin and creole varieties
and as a native and/or second language in the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, and
Australasia.

Designed to be user-friendly, "The History of English" contains:

-chapter introductions and conclusions to assist study
-over 80 textual examples demonstrating linguistic change, accompanied by
translations and/or glosses where appropriate
-study questions on the social, cultural and linguistic background of the
chapter topics
-further reading from key texts to extend or deepen the focus
-nearly 100 supporting figures, tables, and maps to illuminate the text
-16-pages of colour plates depicting exemplary texts, relevant artefacts,
and examples of language usage, including Germanic runes, the opening page
of Beowulf, the New England Primer, and the Treaty of Waitangi.

The companion website at www.routledge.com/cw/gramley supports the textbook
and features:

-an extended view of major aspects of language development as well as
synopses of material dealt with in a range of chapters in the book
-further sample texts, including examples from Chaucer, numerous Early
Modern English texts from a wide variety of fields, and
twenty-first-century novels
-additional exercises to help users expand their insights and apply
background knowledge
-an interactive timeline of important historical events and developments
with linked encyclopaedic entries
-audio clips providing examples of a wide range of accents

"The History of English" is essential reading for any student of the
English language.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Pages: 438
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