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Studying the History of Early English (Perspectives on the English Language) [Paperback]

Professor Simon Horobin

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9 Dec 2009 0230551386 978-0230551381

All living languages are subject to change, and in this highly accessible handbook, Simon Horobin shows the importance of thinking about why, as well as how, language changes over time. Studying the History of Early English introduces students to the theories and methodologies that underpin the historical study of English. Drawing on a wealth of approaches, textual, historical and sociolinguistic, Horobin provides detailed explanations of key developments in the history of English, in spelling, pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary and introduces students to the various ways in which scholars have attempted to explain these changes

Lively and original, Studying the History of Early English:

• equips students with key analytical tools and methods for the historical study of English
• includes practical information on gathering evidence and provides a wealth of worked-through textual examples
• contains suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter
• employs a methodological, rather than chronological approach, with each chapter designed to address a specific topic and consider its relevance to the three major periods in the history of English: Old English, Middle English and Early Modern English

Perspectives on the English Language is an innovative series of textbooks for the English language student, together forming a wide-ranging course for undergraduate students of English. The basis of the series is a 'core' of three books which together lay the foundations for further study. A set of higher level textbooks builds on these core books by bringing together the latest thinking in a range of topics in English language. Clearly set out and including relevant exercises and questions, they make both the foundations of language and the latest research accessible to a student audience.
Series Editors: Lesley Jeffries and Dan McIntyre

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Simon Horobin is Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Magdalen College. He is the author of several books on the history of the English language; in 2005 he was awarded the English Association's Beatrice White Prize. His most recent book, Does Spelling Matter?, examines the role of spelling today, considering why English spelling is so difficult to master, whether it should be reformed, and whether the electronic age signals the demise of correct spelling. His blog about spelling is at http://spellingtrouble.blogspot.co.uk/

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'Horobin offers lucid and accessible discussions of the evidence for language change, standardization, spelling and sound, the lexicon, morphology and corpus studies. [...] This will undoubtedly prove a valuable teaching resource and reference tool.' - Medium Aevum

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A handbook which equips students with the key analytical tools and methods needed for the historical study of English

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