The English language: a linguistic history

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Oxford University Press, Feb 9, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 522 pages
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The English Language: A Linguistic History is designed as a core text for classes in the history of the English language, offered through the English or linguistics department. Beginning with a discussion of how language changes, the book examines historical change in English from its Indo-European past through its major periods (Old English, Middle English, Early Modern English, and Modern English). This is an introductory text: it does not assume any background in language or linguistics. Self-testing exercises are integrated throughout the text, and students are required to learn to use the International Phonetic Alphabet. Additional pedagogical material, such as lists of related books and Web sites, are also integrated.

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Review: The English Language: A Linguistic History

User Review  - Julie - Goodreads

This was really fascinating. Bits of it were dry, but mostly it wasn't. I especially liked the section on how invasions of England influenced the language, and learning about proto-IndoEuropean. The very last section, on current linguistic change, was quite interesting. Read full review

Review: The English Language: A Linguistic History

User Review  - Goodreads

This was really fascinating. Bits of it were dry, but mostly it wasn't. I especially liked the section on how invasions of England influenced the language, and learning about proto-IndoEuropean. The very last section, on current linguistic change, was quite interesting. Read full review

Contents

Studying the History of English l
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Resources for Studying the History of English
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The Sounds and Writing of English
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Laurel J. Brinton is Professor in the Department of English, University of British Columbia.

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