A history of the English language
This introduction to the history of the English language covers changes in phonology, vocabulary and syntax, and offers close analyses of individual texts of English from a wide range of periods. A useful appendix gives definitions of technical terms.
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accepted adjective adopted adverb Anglo-Norman Anglo-Saxon auxiliary back vowel became become borrowed Chancery Chancery Standard Chaucer clause common conjunction Conquest consonant dialects dictionary diphthongs earlier educated eighteenth century England English language example expressed feature followed fourteenth century French front vowels function genitive Germanic gradually grammar grammarians important indicate inflections influence initial large number later Latin learned lexical linguistic London long vowel manuscripts meaning meant Middle English Midlands Modern English noun group occur Old English Old Norse origin palatal particularly past participle pattern period personal pronoun phonemes phrasal verbs plural poetry political prefix preposition preterite pronunciation Received Pronunciation recognised refer represented scribe sentence short vowels singular sixteenth century sound speakers speech spelling system spoken language standard English standard language standardised subjunctive survive syntax tense texts translation usage varieties of English vocabulary West Midlands West Saxon words writing system