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A History of the English Language
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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. Emphasis is on the political, social and cultural forces that affect language. Reflects the latest trends and statistics of the last ten years in a revised and updated chapter 1, English Present and Future. Provides a new section on Gender Issues and Linguistic Change in Chapter 10. Includes a thorough revision of Chapter 11, The English Language in America, including updated material on African American Vernacular English. Discusses Black English and varieties of English in Africa and Asia, as well as varieties in the United States, Australia, and Canada. Includes a map of American dialects. Provides examples of twentieth-century vocabulary.
Book News Annotation:
This updated version of an enduring text presents a history of the English language, emphasizing how changing historical and cultural settings have influenced its development. A sampling of topics includes the Indo-European family of languages, the use of French by the upper class following the Norman invasion of England, 18th-century grammarians, and archaic features in American English. The fifth edition features a new section on gender issues and linguistic change and updated material on African American Vernacular English.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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.
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