The English Language: A Historical Introduction

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Cambridge University Press, 04.05.2000 - 299 Seiten
The English Language: A Historical Introduction covers the history of the English language from its remote Indo-European origins to the present day. It provides substantial information about the English language at different periods, and introduces the main theoretical and technical concepts of historical linguistics. Chapters on the nature of language and on language change are followed by a chronological survey, beginning in the Prehistoric age and working down from Anglo-Saxon times to the twentieth century. Topics covered include vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, semantics, attitudes to language, and English as a world language. Short passages of English are used to illustrate the state of the language in different periods and all over the world, in a range of contexts.
 

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What is language?
1
The flux of language
32
The IndoEuropean languages
58
The Germanic languages
81
Old English
100
Norsemen and Normans
127
Middle English
151
Early Modern English
175
English in the scientific age
199
English as a world language
234
English today and tomorrow
262
Notes and suggestions for further reading
279
Bibliography
283
Index
292
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