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Inventing English: A Portable History of the Language

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Presents a history of the English language, beginning with the Old English of the seventh century, through the Great Vowel Shift between the time of Chaucer and Shakespeare, and the later full emergence of modern English.

Table of Contents

Introduction: finding English, finding us — Caedmon learns to sing : Old English and the origins of poetry — From Beowulf to Wulfstan : the language of Old English literature — In this year : the politics of language and the end of Old English — From kingdom to realm : middle English in a French world — Lord of this langage : Chaucer's English — I is an Ille a millere as are ye : Middle English dialects — The great vowel shift and the changing character of English — Chancery, Caxton, and the making of English prose — I do, I will : Shakespeare's English — A universal hubbub wild : new words and worlds in early modern English — Visible speech : the Orthoepists and the origins of standard English — A harmless drudge : Samuel Johnson and the making of the dictionary — Horrid, hooting stanzas : Lexicography and literature in American English — Antses in the sugar : dialect and regionalism in American English — Hello, dude : Mark Twain and the making of the American idiom — Ready for the funk : African American English and its impact — Pioneers through an untrodden forest : the Oxford English dictionary and its readers — Listening to Private Ryan : war and language — He speaks in your voice : everybody's English.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780231510769
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Subject:
English language
Creator:
Seth Lerer
Author:
Seth Lerer
Author:
Lerer, Seth
Subject:
History
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
English language -- Etymology.
Subject:
Linguistics - General
Subject:
Linguistics-English Linguistics and Dialects
Subject:
Anthropology-Linguistics
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Subject:
English language - Etymology
Subject:
Literary Criticism : Books & Reading
Subject:
Language Arts & Disciplines : Linguistics - General
Publication Date:
July 2012
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Linguistics » General
History and Social Science » Linguistics » Historical and Comparative
History and Social Science » Linguistics » Specific Languages and Groups
Humanities » Literary Criticism » General
Reference » Etymology

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