An Introduction to Early Modern English

An Introduction to Early Modern English

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An introduction to Early Modern English, this book helps students of English and linguistics to place the language of the period 1500-1700 in its historical context as a language with a common core but also one which varies across time, regionally and socially, and according to register. The volume focuses on the structure of what contemporaries called the General Dialect--its spelling, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation--and on its dialectal origins. The book also discusses the language situation and linguistic anxieties in England at a time when Latin exerted a strong influence on the rising standard language.show more

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  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 137.2 x 210.8 x 10.2mm | 226.8g
  • Oxford University Press, USA
  • United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0195308476
  • 9780195308471

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"She writes in a clear, accessible manner, reflecting hands-on experience as a teacher, while also being a scholar with fresh insights to offer from her cutting-edge corpus-based research into early English, research which is effecting a much-needed corrective shift away from the traditional literature bias among historians of English toward non-canonical and previously unexamined vernacular texts." --Linguist Listshow more

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