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  • From Pictures to Letters

    First Steps in the Teaching of Reading and Writing

    By Ellen Walpole

    Originally published in 1937. This book is ‘an account of the special training necessary for the young boy or girl in letter-making and simple reading’. The book uses ‘Basic English’, the 850 words of which are included specifically for reference, as a suggested starting point for the teaching of…

    Hardback – 2017-12-15 
    Routledge
    Routledge Library Editions: Literacy

  • Routledge Revivals: Community, Gender, and Individual Identity (1988)

    English Writing 1360-1430

    By David Aers

    First published in 1988, David Aers explores the treatment of community, gender, and individual identity in English writing between 1360 and 1430, focusing on Margery Kempe, Langland, Chaucer, and the poet of Sir Gawain. He shows how these texts deal with questions about gender, the making of…

    Hardback – 2017-11-26 
    Routledge

  • Routledge Revivals: Chaucer, Langland, and the Creative Imagination (1980)

    By David Aers

    First published in 1980, this study of two renowned later fourteenth century English poets, Chaucer and Langland, concentrates on some major and representative aspects of their work. Aers shows that, in contrast to the mass conventional writing of the period, which was happy to accept and propagate…

    Hardback – 2017-11-26 
    Routledge

  • World Englishes

    Rethinking Paradigms

    Edited by Ee Ling Low, Anne Pakir

    In this book, leading scholars in the field of World Englishes (WE) offer fresh perspectives in re-thinking issues on the use of English as a global language in an interconnected world. Established as a legitimate field of study, WE offers a conceptual framework which has influenced scholarship in…

    Hardback – 2017-10-20 
    Routledge
    Routledge Studies in World Englishes

  • Origin of Kibosh

    Routledge Studies in Etymology

    By Gerald Cohen, Stephen Goranson, Matthew Little

    This is an etymological study of the origins of the word kibosh, which has long been one of the great mysteries of the English language. Unconvincing derivations have been suggested from Yiddish to Gaelic and Italian, and thus far consensus among lexicographers has leaned toward referencing the…

    Hardback – 2017-10-05 
    Routledge

  • An Introduction to Middle English

    By E.E. Wardale

    First published in 1937, this book supplies a history of the living growth of the English language from Old English to the medieval period. It offers an in-depth study of the growth of vocabulary through literature and social interaction, bringing out the fact that it is chiefly words…

    Paperback – 2017-09-30 
    Routledge

  • Courtesans and Cuckolds

    A Glossary of Renaissance Dramatic Bawdy

    By James T. Henke

    This title, first published in 1979, is a glossary of the bawdy vocabulary that was used in Renaissance Drama. One of the primary functions of this gloss of literary bawdy is to interpret imaginative uses of the language rather than simply record the generally accepted uses and meanings, with its…

    Hardback – 2017-03-23
    Routledge
    Routledge Library Editions: Renaissance Drama

  • A Structural Atlas of the English Dialects

    By Peter Anderson

    First published in 1987, this atlas identifies structural patterns which exist in the sound systems of the dialects of England. It regards variation, not as something to be ignored or avoided, but as a central and essential feature of dialect, which must be accounted for in a systematic way. The…

    Paperback – 2017-02-02
    Routledge
    Routledge Library Editions: The English Language

  • Speaking Canadian English

    An Informal Account of the English Language in Canada

    By Mark M. Orkin

    What do English-speaking Canadians sound like and why? Can you tell the difference between a Canadian and an American? A Canadian and an Englishman? If so, how? Linguistically speaking is Canada a colony of Britain or a satellite of the United States? Is there a Canadian language? Speaking…

    Paperback – 2017-02-02
    Routledge
    Routledge Library Editions: The English Language

  • Cockney Past and Present

    A Short History of the Dialect of London

    By William Matthews

    Although Cockney can be considered to be one of the most important non-standard forms of English, there had been little to no scholarly attention on the dialect prior to William Matthews’s 1938 volume Cockney Past and Present. Matthews traced the course of the speech of London from the sixteenth…

    Paperback – 2017-02-02
    Routledge
    Routledge Library Editions: The English Language

  • An Historic Tongue (RLE: English Language)

    Studies in English Linguistics in Memory of Barbara Strang

    Edited by Graham Nixon, John Honey

    This volume, first published in 1988, represents in its papers the wide-ranging yet coherent linguistic interests of the late Barbara Strang (1925-1982). For her, the history of English and its current state were two sides of the same coin, and the principle theme of this collection is that neither…

    Paperback – 2017-02-02
    Routledge
    Routledge Library Editions: The English Language

  • A History of English (RLE: English Language)

    By Barbara M. H. Strang

    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…

    Paperback – 2017-02-02
    Routledge
    Routledge Library Editions: The English Language

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