A History of the English Language

A History of the English Language

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For courses in the History of the English Language (English Composition). Comprehensive and balanced, this classic exploration of the history of the English language combines internal linguistic history and external cultural history--from the Middle Ages to the present. Students are encouraged to develop both an understanding of present-day English and an enlightened attitude toward questions affecting the language today.show more

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  • Hardback | 447 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 22.86mm | 657.71g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Prentice Hall
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 5th Revised edition
  • Illustrations, maps
  • 0130151661
  • 9780130151667

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Comprehensive and balanced, this classic exploration of the history of the English language combines internal linguistic history and external cultural history-from the Middle Ages to the present. This market-leading text encourages readers to develop both an understanding of present-day English and an enlightened attitude toward questions affecting the language today. Features in the New Edition include: A thoroughly revised and updated Chapter 1, English Present and Future, reflecting the latest trends and statistics of the last ten yearsA new section in Chapter 10, Gender Issues and Linguistic Change, providing a balanced and current perspective on an important social topicThorough revision of Chapter 11, The English Language in America, with updated material on African American Vernacular EnglishThe traditional strengths of the text remain, including: An emphasis on the political, social, and cultural forces that affect languageThe use of traditional phonetic notation to help pronunciationA map of American dialects and examples of twentieth-century vocabulary demonstrating differences in American English and comparisons of current English to earlier versionsshow more

Table of contents

1. English Present and Future. 2. The Indo-European Family of Languages. 3. Old English. 4. Foreign Influences on Old English. 5. The Norman Conquest and the Subjection of English, 1066-1200. 6. The Re-Establishment of English, 1200-1500. 7. Middle English. 8. The Renaissance, 1500-1650. 9. The Appeal to Authority, 1650-1800. 10. The Nineteenth Century and After. 11. The English Language in America. Appendix A: Specimens of the Middle English Dialects. Appendix B: English Spelling. Index.show more

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