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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; Revised edition edition (29 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199660166
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199660162
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 3.3 x 13.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 689,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For a scholarly book pursuing English from its hazy origins to the internet, this book provides much pleasure. (The Independent)

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Lynda Mugglestone is Professor of History of English at the University of Oxford and Fellow and Tutor in English at Pembroke College. Recent books include Dictionaries. A Very Short Introduction and, edited with Freya Johnston, Johnson's Pendulum, both published by Oxford.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Portes on 17 Jan. 2013
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This book probably tells more than one really wants to know but it is very informative. Despite the chapters being written by different authors, the style is uniform. Don't expect humour or narrative but one learns a lot.
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5 of 12 people found the following review helpful By P. Rayment on 20 Jan. 2010
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This is a fascinating book, for anyone interested in how language has progessed. Tracing from it's roots to present day English language, used world wide.
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5 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Fisher on 17 July 2010
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If you want a basic understanding of how Old (Anglo Saxon)English mutated into present day English- don't buy this book. It consists of a series of academic papers by different authors, each going into depth on the more obscure academic fine points of their area of expertise. For example ,there are no examples of a sentance and how it would be written over the course of time( and why it had changed). There is no example of how the leap from Old English to Middle English occurred. The authors assume a very deep knowledge of linguistic syntax (I have a Ph.D. and I found this about as easy a read as Hawkins book "A Brief history of Time" - with which it will be sharing the same cardboard "carboot" box) Overall, very disappointing.
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Amazon.com: 9 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Great text... 12 Mar. 2013
By James Rovira - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent overview of the history of the English language. It is, however, an anthology of essays about the topic, not a textbook, so does not have built-in helps for learning the phonetic alphabet or for learning elements of middle English. It's not an equivalent to Baugh and Cable, but does represent the latest scholarship on the history of the English language. Its only real defect is a lack of focused discussion on the development of American English.
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Very Interesting Read 27 April 2011
By Lindsay - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a thoroughly good book. I would definitely recommend having a background in grammar and phonology though. Like the previous reviewer, I am in a masters program for TESOL and Applied Linguistics.
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Great for my Masters program 4 April 2010
By irishhighlander - Published on Amazon.com
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I ordered this textbook in order to complete my Masters program in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and Applied Linguistics. It covers all that I need. Good for English or History students
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
very interesting approach 12 July 2013
By dhydavid - Published on Amazon.com
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The articles in this book approach the history of English more from a sociolinguistic perspective, rather than from a purely technical historical linguistic perspective. I find it more fascinating.
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Interesting Read! 21 Jan. 2014
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I'll admit, there are more "scholarly" books on the history of English. However, I think that one of the strengths of this book is that it provides an excellent overview of the history of the English language while remaining accessible to readers without a strong background in linguistics. I certainly learned quite a bit reading this book and I felt that it helped give me a solid overview of the history of English. While the scope of the book is admittedly broad (dare I say huge!) the book provides enough info that if you are interested in a specific aspect of English that you will most likely read about it in this book and then you can purchase more detailed books that focus on the specific time/place/location that you are interested. Thus, this book is an excellent starting point!
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