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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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on 11 February 2011
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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on 17 February 2014
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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on 17 June 2014
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
on 17 November 2009
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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on 30 April 2015
So much easier to read than other HEL books such as Gramley. Used it as a reference in pretty much all of my work.
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on 6 July 2015
AMAZING. Helped me pass first year of Uni.
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on 24 August 2014
A nice way to understand this language.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 7 November 2009
There's nothing I can say about this...It has all the history of the English Language.
The only reason I give it 3 stars it's because it's a bit dense and it takes a lot of effort to read it.
It could be more reader-friendly also.
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