A History of the English Language
This exceptionally clear text focuses on internal changes in the English language. It outlines the history of English from pre-Old English times to the present. Not only does it present the traditional morphological descriptions of the various stages of the language, it provides many example sentences, texts, and cartoons that are analyzed for the benefit of the student and which make this book ideal for class use. Some language-external topics are covered such as early printing and authorship debates. Tables and figures complement the material covered and exercises review the main points as well as ask further, more challenging, questions. Answers to the exercises are provided, as is a time line listing some of the external events, and some guidance on how to use the OED. Complementary web site information is provided throughout the book, and a companion web site accompanies the book.
This book has a companion website: www.historyofenglish.net
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18th century adjectives adverbs ain’t American English analytic analytic language Appendix auxiliaries baet become Beowulf borrowed Britain British Celtic Chapter Chaucer consonants creoles Cursor Mundi dative dialects Dictionary discussed Early Modern English edition endings English spelling English texts English words epenthesis example facsimile Figure forms French fricative Germanic grammar grammatical words grammaticalization Grimm’s Law hath Indo-European influence instance king language Late Middle English later Latin Layamon linguistic lists loans look marker meaning Middle English Modern English period morphology nasal nouns occurs Old and Middle Old English palatalization Peterborough Chronicle phonetic pidgins plural prefix prepositions pronouns pronunciation Sanskrit Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis Scandinavian Scottish English Section sentence Shakespeare shows singular sound changes speakers spoken subjunctive syntax synthetic Table tense third person thou translation Universal Grammar varieties of English velar velar nasal verbs vocabulary voiced Vowel Shift word order ■Št ■at