History of English: A Resource Book for Students

2nd Edition

Dan McIntyre

Routledge
March 30, 2020 Forthcoming
Textbook - 280 Pages
ISBN 9781138500716 - CAT# Y367955
Series: Routledge English Language Introductions

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Summary

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. This revised second edition includes:

  • a comprehensive introduction to the history of English covering the origins of English, the change from Old to Middle English, and the influence of other languages on English;
  • Increased coverage of key issues, such as the standardisation of English;
  • A wider range of activities, plus answers to exercises;
  • New readings of well-known authors such as Manfred Krug, Colette Moore, Merja Stenroos and David Crystal;
  • A timeline of important external events in the history of English.

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. In doing so, it incorporates examples from a wide variety of texts and provides an interactive and structured textbook that will be essential reading for all students of English language and linguistics.

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