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Here, Robert Burchfield, editor of the four-volume Supplement to the Oxford English Dictionary, offers a brief survey on the development of English. He expertly stresses the flexibility of the English language, tracing its ever-changing face from the 5th century AD to the present day. Burchfield describes the resilience of the language--from the days of runes to the origins of printing, through social, religious, political and industrial change in the eighteenth century, through the rise of the British Empire and the development of world English, right up to the enormous changes in the English language that have taken place in the twentieth-century. In a stirring Afterword, John Simpson looks at what the historical details of the English Language tell us about the world of its speakers, and how ideas about what constitutes the English Language have changed over the past decades. Wonderfully informative and a delight to read, The English Language is an essential guide for anyone interested in the early days of our language and how it has transformed over the years into its modern form.

About the Author

Robert Burchfield was Chief Editor of the Oxford English dictionaries (1971-84) and is now an Emeritus Fellow of St Peter's College, Oxford. He has edited several English language reference works, including A Supplement to the OED and Fowler's Modern English Usage, Revised Third Edition.

Table of Contents

Preface


Contents


List of Illustrations


Abbreviations


Phonetic Symbols


1. Some Preliminary Considerations


2. From Runes to Printing


3. From William Caxton to George Washington: 1476 to 1776


4. The Disjunctive Period: 1776 to the Present Day


5. Literature, Ritualistic Works, and the Language


6. The Recording of English in Dictionaries and Grammars


7. Vocabulary


8. Pronunciation and Spelling


9. The Syntactical Arrangement of Words


10. Dispersed Forms of English


Afterword John Simpson


Notes


Bibliography


Index


Product Details

ISBN:
9780198604037
Afterword:
Simpson, John
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Author:
Simpson, John
Author:
null, John
Author:
null, Robert
Author:
Burchfield, Robert
Afterword:
Simpson, John
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
Linguistics | The English Language
Series:
Oxford Language Classics Series
Publication Date:
20030403
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
7 line illus.
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
5 x 7.5 x 0.6 in 0.4 lb

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