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A History of the English Language

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Red Globe Press

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02 October 1996

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Unlike other histories of the English language, this introduction cuts away traditional divisions into old, middle and modern English to chart the rise of and changes in standard English. It covers the English and historical...

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Unlike other histories of the English language, this introduction cuts away traditional divisions into old, middle and modern English to chart the rise of and changes in standard English. It covers the English and historical background, changes in phonology, vocabulary and syntax, and offers close analyses of individual texts of English from a wide range of periods. The final chapter focuses on the place of English as a world language and the growing array of the varieties of English spoken today. A useful appendix gives definitions of technical terms and phonetic symbols.

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Preface
Table of Abbreviations
What is a History of English?
Background Survey Before Alfred
The First English Standard
The Aftermath of the First Standard
Interregnum: Fragmentation and Regrouping Political, Social and Pedagogical
Background to the New Standard
Language Change from 1400 to 1660
Establishing the Standard within Social Norms
Emancipation, Education and Empire
World Domination and Growing Variation
Appendix: Technical Terms and Phonetic Symbols Suggested
Further Reading
Index.
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