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From Old English to Standard English: A Course Book in Language Variations Across Time (Studies in English Language) [Paperback]

Dennis Freeborn
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6 Oct 2006 1403998809 978-1403998804 3rd edition
This practical course book explores the development of the language from Old English to the establishment of Standard English. This third edition has been expanded to provide further background information, with a supplementary website and new sections to outline the development of writing hands and provide a brief introduction to palaeography.

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  • Paperback: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 3rd edition edition (6 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1403998809
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403998804
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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'This is in many respects a really excellent book. The range of coverage is impressive, there is a strong emphasis on primary sources, and the material is clearly explained and presented in a format which assumes no prior knowledge. The treatment of spelling and punctuation change is particularly good, and there are many interesting and useful activities.' - Carole Hough, University of Glasgow, UK

'This study is an excellent textbook not only for English majors but for linguistic students of other languages as well who can benefit highly from a comparative perspective and tracing patterns of developments that took place in
the English language. The activities offered at the end of each chapter are highly beneficial allowing readers to deepen their understanding of the contents of the chapters. The texts offer valuable explanation of the chronicles. It is
an in depth study of the evolving variations in language over time and an insightful analysis of the development of the English language.' - Zeinab Ibrahim, The American University in Cairo

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'This volume is so crammed with examples from across the centuries that it is a pleasure to browse through its pages.'  - The Guardian

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DENNIS FREEBORN was Head of Language Studies at the College of Ripon and York St. John, UK, until 1984, and was Chief Examiner in English Language Studies for the London University Schools Examinations Board. He is the author of A Course Book in English Grammar and Varieties of English, both also published by Palgrave Macmillan.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Very thorough, and a good read for history fans. 22 July 2002
This is a great book full of detail about the development of english. I'm interested in the Anglo-saxon and viking influences, and was very satisfied with the huge amount of information. There are also lots of facsimiles of documents, which is good. Could do with a new and less 'academic' cover though.
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The book was clear, well-explained and had plenty of manuscript facsimiles to practice on and reinforce what was said in the text. I would recommend it without question to tutors and students alike; it provides an excellent reference/teaching aid.
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