The Cambridge History of the English Language

The Cambridge History of the English Language

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This volume deals with the history of the English language from 1776 to 1997. An extensive introduction details the changing socio-historical setting in which English has developed in response to a continuing background of diversity as it was transplanted to North America and beyond. Separate chapters on phonology, syntax, and vocabulary chronicle the linguistic features of the language during this period, taking as the basis for discussion the common core inherited from the sixteenth century and shared by what are now the two principal varieties, American and British English. In addition, there are chapters on English as a literary language, English grammar and usage, and onomastics. A separate volume on North American English is in preparation.
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  • Hardback | 810 pages
  • 160 x 236 x 47mm | 1,203g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 18 Tables, unspecified
  • 0521264774
  • 9780521264778

Table of contents

1. Introduction Suzanne Romaine; 2. Vocabulary John Algeo; 3. Syntax David Denison; 4. Onomastics Richard Coates; 5. Phonology Michael K. C. MacMahon; 6. English grammar and usage Edward Finegan; 7. Literary language Sylvia Adamson; Glossary of linguistic terms; Bibliography; Index.
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"...nearly all of the material is quite clearly presented, well analyzed, and brings out aspects of English...that could easily be overlooked since the language has not changed nearly as much in the current period as it did in the previous seven hundred years." Notes on Linguistics
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