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The Language of Early English Literature

From Cædmon to Milton

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Red Globe Press

Pages: 296
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Perspectives on the English Language

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How did the English language change from the Old to the Early Modern period? What effect do linguistic and stylistic choices have on a text? Why is it important to consider linguistic features together in a work?

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How did the English language change from the Old to the Early Modern period? What effect do linguistic and stylistic choices have on a text? Why is it important to consider linguistic features together in a work?The grammar and vocabulary of the English language changed dramatically between the Old and Early Modern periods. These changes in language usage are explored in The Language of Early English Literature by examining the effect of authors' linguistic choices on the descriptions of characters, events, and situations. Written with today's undergraduate student in mind, thistextbook is a highly rewarding guide to the rich history of the English language and literature.The Language of Early English Literature:• provides detailed explanations of linguistic features, such as word formation, phrase structure,syntax, and semantics• analyses a wide range of texts from Old English, Middle English and Early Modern English, andestablishes comparisons with works written in other languages• includes an invaluable glossary and an extensive bibliography

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Explores the relationship between language and literature in one book
More detailed linguistic study of Old to Early Modern English period than competing titles
Wide range of linguistic features and texts

Preface
Abbreviations and Symbols
List of Editions
1. Introduction
2. Semantics
3. Processes of Lexical Expansion I: Borrowing
4. Processes of Lexical Expansion II: Word-formation
5. Noun Phrase
6. Personal Pronouns
7. Verbal Phrase
8. Syntax
9. Linguistic Varieties
10. Conclusion
Glossary
Bibliography
Index.

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Sara M. Pons-Sanz is a Senior Lecturer in English Language at the University of Westminster, UK

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Sara M. Pons-Sanz is a Senior Lecturer in English Language at the University of Westminster, UK

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