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By Haruko Momma, Michael Matto

ISBN-10: 1405129921

ISBN-13: 9781405129923

A significant other to the historical past of the English Language addresses the linguistic, cultural, social, and literary methods to language learn. the 1st textual content to provide an entire survey of the sphere, this quantity presents the main updated insights of major overseas scholars.

  • An available connection with the background of the English language
  • Comprises greater than sixty essays written by means of best foreign scholars
  • Aids literature scholars in incorporating language research into their work
  • Includes an historic survey of the English language, from its Germanic and Indo- eu beginnings to trendy British and American English
  • Enriched with maps, diagrams, and illustrations from old publications
  • Introduces the most recent scholarship within the field

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The Stories of English. Woodstock, NY: Overlook Press. Emerson, O. F. (1894). The History of the English Language. New York: Macmillan. Frantzen, A. J. (1990). Desire for Origins: New Language, Old English, and Teaching the Tradition. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. Frantzen, A. J. & Niles, J. D. ) (1997). AngloSaxonism and the Construction of Social Identity. Gainesville: University Press of Florida. Gneuss, H. (1996). English Language Scholarship: A Survey and Bibliography from the Beginnings to the End of the Nineteenth Century.

As for the later stages, current histories are much fuller than Edwardian histories and not simply because another century has passed. Even in 1900 the English language in America had a history that could have been explored but was not; and English as a world language was ignored until the mid-twentieth century. The incorporation of these subjects is partly a story of an increasingly liberal attitude toward language and its users. The study of American English was greatly facilitated by Krapp (1925).

It is a format that has been adopted by most textbooks since, with modifications in the strict chronological sequence depending on the interests and expertise of the author. For Baugh, the modification was especially in the Middle English period, where he devoted two chapters to the external history of the Norman Conquest and the reestablishment of English. Otherwise, the progression, after an introductory chapter, was a chapter on Indo-European, two chapters on Old English, a chapter on the internal history of Middle English, one on the Renaissance, one on the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and one on the nineteenth century to the present.

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