From Old English to Standard English: A Course Book in Language Variation Across Time

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University of Ottawa Press, 1998 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 479 pages
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"This practical and informative course book is a fascinating, visual volume which leads the student through the development of the language from Old English, through Middle and Early Modern English to the establishment of Standard English in the eighteenth century." "At the core of this substantially expanded second edition lies a series of nearly 200 historical texts, of which more than half are reproduced in facsimile, and which illustrate the progressive changes in the language. The book is firmly based upon linguistic description, with commentaries which form a series of case studies demonstrating the evidence for language change at every level - handwriting, spelling, punctuation, vocabulary, grammar and meaning." "Such a wealth of texts, as well as the structured activities and the various case studies, allow the volume to be used not only as a stimulating course text, guiding students through the analysis of data, but also as a comprehensive resource book and invaluable reference tool for teachers and students at all levels."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
 

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Contents

1 INTRODUCTION
1
2 THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE IS BROUGHT TO BRITAIN
9
3 OLD ENGLISH I
21
4 OLD ENGLISH II
55
5 FROM OLD ENGLISH TO MIDDLE ENGLISH
76
6 EARLY MIDDLE ENGLISH 12th CENTURY
98
7 EARLY MIDDLE ENGLISH 13th CENTURY
126
8 NORTHERN AND SOUTHERN TEXTS COMPARED
149
14 EARLY MODERN ENGLISH I THE 15th CENTURY
247
15 EARLY MODERN ENGLISH II THE 16th CENTURY i
273
16 EARLY MODERN ENGLISH III THE 16th CENTURY ii
305
17 EARLY MODERN ENGLISH IV THE 17th CENTURY i
322
18 EARLY MODERN ENGLISH V THE 17th CENTURY ii
352
19 MODERN ENGLISH THE 18th CENTURY
376
20 FROM OLD ENGLISH TO MODERN ENGLISH COMPARING HISTORICAL TEXTS
407
21 POSTSCRIPT I TO THE PRESENT DAY
418

9 THE 14th CENTURY SOUTHERN AND KENTISH DIALECTS
163
10 THE 14th CENTURY NORTHERN DIALECTS
187
11 THE 14th CENTURY WEST MIDLANDS DIALECTS
207
12 THE 14th CENTURY EAST MIDLANDS AND LONDON DIALECTS
224
13 THE LONDON DIALECTCHAUCER LATE 14th CENTURY
231
A SUMMARY
431
A SUMMARY
442
Bibliography
458
Index
460
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Dennis Freeborn was formerly Head of English Language and Linguistics at the University College of Ripon and York St. John.

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