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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An engaging textbook on the history of the English language, from its earliest roots until today this book is a joy for anyone who loves the semantics of language. Read full review

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A very detailed, well-argued study of the English language showing it's history from its Indo-European roots to the present day. A must for anyone interested in the linguistic side of English.


Writing 35
Language Families and IndoEuropean Languages
Old English 79
Inner History
Middle English
Early Modern English
PresentDay English
English Around the World 341

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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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