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Essential text for Language Change students
on 18 May 2010
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.