The Oxford History of English

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Lynda Mugglestone
OUP Oxford, Jul 27, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 504 pages
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This book presents the history of English from its obscure Indo-European roots to its twenty-first century position as the world's first language. It shows how English evolved in the British Isles and how it spread to the United States and through the old British empire to every corner of the world. It examines the different versions and roles of the language in every part of the globe and shows how English rose to international pre-eminence. With approachable but impeccable scholarship fourteen experts chart the history of written and spoken English in all its rich and protean variety. Their accounts are made vivid with examples drawn from an immense range of documentary evidence including letters, diaries, and private records. They explore and explain the mixture of gradual and rapid change in the words, meanings, grammar, or pronunciation of English at different times and in different places. They examine the three-century rise of standard English and received pronunciation and consider their current status and wellbeing. This book will appeal to everyone with a keen interest in the English language and its development.

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User Review  - Corinne Wahlberg - Goodreads

I like the cultural end of the anthropological study of language rather than the gramatical. This book requires a knowledge of IPA and time to fully digest it. Some of it is interesting, but it serves less purpose than class discussions- which are far more interesting. Read full review

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Lynda Mugglestone is News International Lecturer in Language and Communication, University of Oxford and Fellow in English Language and Literature, Pembroke College, Oxford.

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