A History of English, first published in 1970, is a book for beginners in linguistic history. This title examines the changes in English language speech and writing over a period of almost 2000 years, whilst also exploring more recent changes within the author’s living memory. This title aims to raise countless issues for enquiry and discussion, and its purpose is to serve as a springboard for language history learning rather than a textbook.
Table of Contents
Preface; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; List of signs and symbols, mainly phonetic; Part 1: Introductory; 1. Synchronic variation and diachronic change 2. Changes within living memory; Part 2: The Chronological Sequence; 1. 1970-1770 2. 1770-1570 3. 1570-1370 4. 1370-1170 5. 1170-970 6. 970-770 7. 770-570 8. 570-370 9. Before 370; Conclusion; Appendix; Bibliography; Index
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