Introduction to Early Modern English

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 26, 1991 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 456 pages
The period between 1500 and 1700 was the most decisive one in the formation of standard modern English, yet no really comprehensive account of Early Modern English has been available. Manfred Görlach's Introduction to Early Modern English fills a very real need. It provides a thorough and linguistically informed synchronic description of Early Modern English, dealing with its varieties, with writing and orthography, phonetics and phonology, syntax and the lexicon, including sections on problems of language contact and the lexicographical tradition. In addition, it provides a valuable anthology of texts from a wide range of sources: the texts exemplify features from Early Modern English discussed in the main body of the book, and have also been effectively chosen so as to provide something of the cultural background to the processes of linguistic changes of the period.
 

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Contents

Introduction
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12 Model of grammar
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14 Cultural background
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Varieties of Early Modern English
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22 Dating Early Modern English
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23 Written and spoken language
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24 Dialects of Early Modern English
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25 Scots
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53 Adjectives
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54 Articles and pronouns
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55 Verb inflexion for person
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56 Tense formation
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Study questions
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Syntax
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62 The noun phrase
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63 The verb phrase
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26 Sociolectal variation
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27 Diachrony
25
28 Registers
27
29 The status of English
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Study questions
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Writing and Spelling
42
33 Graphemes and allographs
43
34 The historical foundations and EModE developments
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35 Spelling reform
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36 Punctuation
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37 The Scottish system
59
Study questions
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Phonology
61
42 The phonological system of EModE
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43 Types of phonological change
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vowels
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45 Unstressed vowels
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46 Consonants
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47 Transcriptions of specimen passages
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48 Spelling pronunciation
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Study questions
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Inflexional morphology
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52 Case
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64 Case wordorder and prepositions
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65 Tense mood and aspect
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66 Functions of do
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67 Concord
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69 Text syntax and rhetoric
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Study questions
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Vocabulary
136
72 The tradition of the dictionaries
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73 The problem of loanwords
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74 Loans from living languages
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75 Wordformation
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76 Meaning
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77 Change of meaning
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Study questions
208
Texts
212
T1T66
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Sources of shorter texts
406
Bibliographical notes on texts T1T66
409
Bibliography
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Index of persons
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Index of topics
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Index of selected words
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