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1st Edition

History of English

ISBN 9780203133835
Published February 21, 2008 by Routledge
120 Pages

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Book Description

History of English: * covers the development of the English language from the 5th century to the present day
* contains a `mini-corpus' of texts, used for exercises and to illustrate points raised in the commentary
* introduces key linguistic concepts
* provides `discussion points' to generate debate
* involves readers in collecting and analysing their own data

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Birth of English: Clues in Placenames; Chapter 2 Investigating Change in English; Chapter 3 Spellings and Speech Sounds; Chapter 4 Borrowing Words; Chapter 5 New Words From Old; Chapter 6 Changing Meanings; Chapter 7 Punctuation; Chapter 8 Grammar I: Nouns; Chapter 9 Grammar II: Verbs; Chapter 10 Dialects in British English; Chapter 11 Standardisation; Chapter 12 World Englishes;

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Jonathan Culpeper


'[...] a very good and practical book. It assumes no prior knowledge of either the history of English, or of linguistic thinking, but after working through its 100-odd pages the diligent student would have a sound grasp of both.' - Professor Malcolm Benson, Language Awareness