The Origins and Development of the English Language, Volume 1

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Cengage Learning, Feb 2, 2009 - Fiction - 368 pages
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Updated to reflect current research and rewritten for further clarity of presentation, the sixth edition of the best-selling THE ORIGINS AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE continues to take a linguistic-analysis approach and focuses on the facts of language rather than on theoretical approaches.
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Contents

Language and the English Language
1
The Sounds of Current English
20
Letters and Sounds
35
The Backgrounds of English
49
The Old English Period 4491100
78
The Middle English Period 11001500
112
The Early Modern English Period 15001800
139
The Early Modern English Period 15001800
156
Words and Meanings
206
New Words from Old
224
Foreign Elements in the English Word Stock
247
Selected Bibliography
269
Glossary
281
Index of Modern English Words and Affixes
301
Index of Persons Places and Topics
329
Copyright

Late Modern English 1800Present
181

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2009)

John Algeo is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Georgia. He is past president of the American Dialect Society, the Dictionary Society of North America, and the American Name Society. He was an associate editor of the OXFORD COMPANION TO THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE and editor of Volume 6 of the CAMBRIDGE HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE: ENGLISH IN NORTH AMERICA. He was a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar and a Guggenheim Fellow at University College London and is author of the 2006 Cambridge book BRITISH OR AMERICAN ENGLISH? A HANDBOOK OF WORD AND GRAMMAR PATTERNS.

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