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A History of the English Language Paperback – 21 Mar 2002

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 5 edition (21 Mar. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415280990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415280990
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 3.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 247,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Comprehensive and balanced, this classic exploration of the history of the English language combines internal linguistic history and external cultural history-from the Middle Ages to the present. This market-leading text encourages readers to develop both an understanding of present-day English and an enlightened attitude toward questions affecting the language today.

Features in the New Edition include:
  • A thoroughly revised and updated Chapter 1, English Present and Future, reflecting the latest trends and statistics of the last ten years
  • A new section in Chapter 10, Gender Issues and Linguistic Change, providing a balanced and current perspective on an important social topic
  • Thorough revision of Chapter 11, The English Language in America, with updated material on African American Vernacular English
The traditional strengths of the text remain, including:
  • An emphasis on the political, social, and cultural forces that affect language
  • The use of traditional phonetic notation to help pronunciation
  • A map of American dialects and examples of twentieth-century vocabulary demonstrating differences in American English and comparisons of current English to earlier versions
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Captain Pugwash on 18 May 2010
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First published as long ago as 1959 this text has remained fresh due to regular revision and by keeping abreast of ongoing developments in linguistic scholarship. This is the fifth edition, and despite being somewhat dense in parts, it is well organised and comprehensive. As a teacher of AQA A-level English Language I use the text regularly, especially when studying Language Change. Particularly recommended for students and teachers, but also for anyone interested in how our language has been shaped over the years, and how it continues to change and grow.
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Well informed, sometimes overly technical, account of the history of English language. In saying that, if you are anyway towards being an expert then you'll find this book excellent. Not one for the person who wants an introduction but fascinating none the less.
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By Agnieszka Wheadon on 17 Feb. 2014
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Great book and excellent value. Arrived quickly and in great condition. I would definitely recommend it, as I have thoroughly enjoyed it.
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By Pablo on 17 Jun. 2014
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I needed it to study English language in history in several subjects at university, it is very useful. I received and all is well.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. L. Dixon on 17 Nov. 2009
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I borrowed this book from my university library, and I'd even consider buying it. It's a great companion to my lecture notes and reading pack. It contains a lot of information under relatively short, compact sections, making it pretty easy to read.
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