The history of the English language: a source book
A new edition of this comprehensive guide to the history of the English language. The book contains carefully chosen extracts to illustrate the development of English, looking particularly at the stylistic and dialectical variety of English. For the new edition Professor Burnley has expanded the introductory sections, added new selections and increased the number of illustrations. He has also included a newsection covering newspaper advertisements from the 18th Century to the present. A popular guide which explores the development of English from Aelfric to Darwin.
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This is one of the few books from my college days that I actually revisit for personal entertainment. Chronologically organized from Old English to Modern, this book is perfect for anyone with a fondness for very old things. The informative sections are ideal for both historians and linguists. Best of all, though, are the included writing samples. Latin, Old English, Middle English ... it's all there for your translating pleasure. This is a true gem of nerd joy.
For me, one of the best books out there for learning about the history and evolution of the English Language in accessible form. Great examples and explanation of otherwise obscure historical text. A must for scholars and those interested in how language develops and forms over time.
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