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Books: Studies in Language Variation and Change 2: Louviot, Delesse (eds.)

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Subject: Studies in Language Variation and Change 2: Louviot, Delesse (eds.)
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Title: Studies in Language Variation and Change 2
Subtitle: Shifts and Turns in the History of English
Published: 2017
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Editor: Elise Louviot
Editor: Catherine Delesse
Hardback: ISBN: 9781527500303 Pages: 260 Price: U.K. £ 61.99
Hardback: ISBN: 9781527500303 Pages: 260 Price: U.S. $ 105.95

This collection of eleven essays traces the complex paths of change taken by the English language in its long history, from its Indo-European origins to the present day. Just like any other language, English is a complex system made up of several interconnected sub-systems—lexical, syntactical, phonological, morphological—and all of those sub-systems are subject to change, resulting in constant shifts and readjustments. Additionally, more than some other languages, English has a history marked by strong upheavals, particularly with the influence of Scandinavian and Romance languages in the Middle Ages. The contributions here consider all aspects of that complex history, with four of them taking a particular interest in the issues brought about by language contact with French and Latin.

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
                            Historical Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng)

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