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 as 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 pronunciation - 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. The volume includes: *The major changes in English from the 15th to the 18th century *Emphasis on long-term linguistic developments *Sources for the study of Early Modern English *Illustrations ranging from drama and personal letters to trials and early science *Exercises encouraging further exploration of the changing English language.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 22mm | 250g
  • EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 6 line drawings
  • 0748615245
  • 9780748615247
  • 510,257

About Terttu Nevalainen

Terttu Nevalainen is Professor of English Philology at the University of Helsinki, and has taught the history of English in Finland and in England. She is currently the director of the Research Unit for Variation and Change in English and takes an active interest in developing electronic text corpora for linguistic research.show more

Table of contents

1. The Early Modern English Period; 2. Sources for the Study of Early Modern English; 3. Towards a Standard Language; 4. Old Words and Loan Words; 5. Word-Formation and Semantic Change; 6. Nouns and Pronouns; 7. Verbs, Adjectives and Adverbs; 8. Syntactic Structures; 9. Changing Pronunciation; 10. Language in the Community.show more

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