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History of English

A Resource Book for Students, 1st Edition

By Dan McIntyre


210 pages

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History of English provides students with the historical and contextual background to the study of English and answers the questions of why and how the English language has come to be written and spoken as it is today. This book provides a fresh perspective and innovative insight into an area that is often dealt with in a prosaic and dry manner. History of English:

  • provides a comprehensive introduction to the history of English
  • covers the origins of English, the change from Old to Middle English and the influence of other languages on English
  • provides key reading from leading figures in the field such as Jean Aitchison, Dick Leith, Bruce Mitchell and David Graddol
  • is accompanied by a supporting website.

Structured to reflect the chronological development of the English language, History of English describes and explains the changes in the language over a span of 1500 years, covering all aspects from phonology and grammar, to the register and discourse. The book also considers international varieties of Englishes and the most recent developments in the history of English.

Incorporating examples from a wide variety of texts History of English provides an interactive and structured textbook that will be essential reading for all students of English language and linguistics.


"…McIntyre's publication is to be recommended as a useful, modern

resource for the teaching of the beginner undergraduate audience it targets…"

-- Linguist List, May 2009

Table of Contents

Part 1: An External History of English 1. Origins of English 2. The History of English or the History of Englishes? 3. Language Contact in the Middle Ages 4. From Middle English to Early Modern English 5. The Process of Standardisation 6. Colonialism, Imperialism and the Spread of English 7. Moves Towards Present Day English 8. Global English and Beyond Part 2: A Developing Language 1. Understanding Old English 2. Varieties of Old English 3. The Emergence of Middle English 4. Sound Shifts 5. Writing in Early Modern English 6. The Development of American English 7. International English 8. The Globalisation of English Part 3: Exploring the History of English 1. The Roots of English 2. Regions and Dialects 3. From Old English to Middle English 4. Codification and Attitudes Towards English 5. Further Elements of Grammar in Early Modern English 6. English in the New World 7. Present Day Englishes 8. The Future of English? Part 4: Readings in the History of English 1. Vocabulary in Old English 2. Old English Dialects 3. The Influence of French 4. Changes in Pronunciation 5. ‘Fixing’ the Language 6. American English 7. A Corpus Approach to Linguistic Development 8. Predicting the Future. Further Reading. References

About the Series

Routledge English Language Introductions

Routledge English Language Introductions cover core areas of English language study and are one-stop resources for students.
Assuming no prior knowledge, books in the series offer an accessible overview of the subject, with activities, study questions, sample analyses, commentaries and key readings - all in the same volume.
The innovative and flexible 'two-way' structure is built around four sections - introduction, development, exploration and extension - which offer self-contained stages for study. Each topic can also be read across these sections, enabling the reader to build gradually on the knowledge gained.
Each book in the series has a companion website with extra resources for teachers, lecturers and students.
Visit the series website at: http://cw.routledge.com/textbooks/reli/ for more information and to explore.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General