A Biography of the English Language

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Cengage Learning, Jan 1, 2011 - Fiction - 496 pages
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The third edition of A BIOGRAPHY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE continues to examine the structure of language. The textbook discusses three important issues: languages and language change are systematic; the inner history of a language is profoundly affected by its outer history of political and cultural events; and the English of the past has everywhere left its traces on present-day English. By uncovering the language's past, one can better communicate with it.
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User Review  - Sarah - Goodreads

Extremely boring, extremely fascinated. I've never been so intrigued whilst snoring. It's like reading your own family history--not particularly impressive, but it's your own and every minutia is grand because it's so much a part of your day to day existence. Read full review

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User Review  - Alex - Goodreads

Great for people interested in a beginner's book on linguistics. Read full review

Contents

Phonology
23
Writing 35
34
Language Families and IndoEuropean Languages
47
Old English 79
78
Inner History
86
Middle English
143
Early Modern English
219
PresentDay English
295
English Around the World 341
340
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PHD in linguistics and English from Brown University; taught at U of Edinburgh, Univerisite Paul Valery in Monpelllier, France, and at Huazhon U of Science and Technology in Wuhan, China; recipient of many awards including a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, a Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching, and a Humanities Foundation grant. She was a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh and was a member of many professional organizations.

Ph.D. from Univ of Iowa; now Director of Medieval Studies at the University of Mississippi.

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