By Haruko Momma, Michael Matto

ISBN-10: 1405129921

ISBN-13: 9781405129923

A significant other to the historical past of the English Language addresses the linguistic, cultural, social, and literary ways to language examine. the 1st textual content to supply an entire survey of the sphere, this quantity presents the main updated insights of top overseas scholars.

  • An available connection with the background of the English language
  • Comprises greater than sixty essays written by means of major foreign scholars
  • Aids literature scholars in incorporating language examine into their work
  • Includes an old survey of the English language, from its Germanic and Indo- eu beginnings to fashionable British and American English
  • Enriched with maps, diagrams, and illustrations from ancient publications
  • Introduces the newest scholarship within the field

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The most thoroughly studied variety of American English within a sociolinguistic approach has been African American Vernacular English. ) History of the History of the English Language 15 As late as 1970 one of the few guides to English as a world language was Partridge and Clark (1951), despite sources such as dictionaries of Australian, Indian, and South African English going back to the turn of the century: Morris (1898), Yule, Burnell, and Crooke (1903), and Pettman (1913). During the past thirty years, a wealth of information has been published on English in individual countries along with dictionaries in the OED tradition.

R. (1894 [1879]). A History of the English Language. 2nd edn. New York: Holt. , Samuels, M. , & Benskin, M. (1986). A Linguistic Atlas of Late Mediaeval English. 4 vols. Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press. McKnight, G. H. (1928). Modern English in the Making. New York: Appleton. McLaughlin, J. C. (1970). Aspects of the History of English. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston. Marsh, G. P. (1885 [1862]). Lectures on the English Language. Revd. edn. New York: Scribner’s. Mätzner, E. (1880–5 [1860–5]).

Lounsbury offered no treatment of phonology except to the extent that umlaut and other processes were relevant to declensions and conjugations. As he acknowledged, the division of his history into two parts, “involved in a few instances the necessity of going over the same ground” (pp. v–vi). An interesting feature of Lounsbury’s treatment was the division of the periods of the language. ” The choice between the terms “Anglo-Saxon” and “Old English” was more than stylistic, because “AngloSaxon” emphasized the continuation of the language of the Continent.

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