History of English A Resource Book for Students

ISBN-10: 0415444292
ISBN-13: 9780415444293
Edition: 2008
Authors: Dan McIntyre
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Book details

List price: $49.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 9/8/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 210
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

Dan McIntyre is Reader in English Language and Linguistics at the University of Huddersfield.

List of figures
Acknowledgements
Introduction
An external history of English
Origins of English
The Romans in Britain
The arrival of the Anglo-Saxons
English: what's in a name?
Christianity reaches England
Viking raids
The history of English or the history of Englishes?
Old English dialects
The rise of West Saxon
Dialect boundaries
Language contact in the Middle Ages
1066 and all that
From Old English to Middle English
The decline of French and the rise of English
Middle English dialects
From Middle English to Early Modern English
External influences on pronunciation
The translation of the Bible into English
The process of standardisation
Dialects and emerging standards
Caxton and the impact of the printing press
Dictionaries and grammars
The boundaries of Early Modern English
Colonialism, Imperialism and the spread of English
English in the New World
The expansion of the British Empire
Moves towards Present Day English
The Industrial Revolution
The Oxford English Dictionary
A spoken standard
The linguistic consequences of war
Technology and communication
Global English and beyond
English: a global language
Globalisation and changes in English
Assessing the linguistic impact of historical events
Development
A developing language
Understanding Old English
Spelling and sound in Old English
The vocabulary of Old English
Old English: a synthetic language
Case, gender and number
Old English verbs
Varieties of Old English
Old English and Scots
Old English dialectal differences
The emergence of Middle English
The context of change
Spelling and sound in Middle English
Changes in the system of inflections
Middle English vocabulary
Sound shifts
Speech sounds
Changes in the long vowels
The Uniformitarian Principle in relation to the Great Vowel Shift
Consequences of the Great Vowel Shift
Writing in Early Modern English
Orthography in Early Modern English
Some grammatical characteristics
Expanding the lexicon
The development of American English
Causes of linguistic development in the American colonies
A developing standard
'Archaisms' in American English
The beginnings of African American English
International English
Australian English
Indian English
Pidgins and creoles on the West African coast
The globalisation of English
Attitudes towards global English
World Standard English
Fragmentation or fusion?
Exploration
Exploring the history of English
The roots of English
Language family trees
Pronouncing Old English
Case
Regions and dialects
Dialectal differences in an Old English text
Place names
From Old English to Middle English
Loanwords
The Canterbury Tales
A Middle English Pater noster
Codification and attitudes towards English
A Table Alphabeticall
English Orthographie
Problems with prescriptivism
Further elements of grammar in Early Modern English
More on pronouns
Gradable adjectives
What did do do?
English in the New World
Loanwords in American English
The politics of spelling
Early African American English
Present Day Englishes
Unknown words from Australian English?
Enlarging the lexicon
Tok Pisin
The future of English
The cost of global English
Scare stories: declining standards
Future developments in English
Extension
Readings in the history of English
Vocabulary in Old English
Other differences between Old English and Modern English (Bruce Mitchell)
Issues to consider
Old English dialects
The study of Old English dialects (Joseph P. Crowley)
Issues to consider
The influence of French
Who spoke French in England? (Douglas Kibbee)
Issues to consider
Changes in pronunciation
The Great Vowel Shift (Dick Leith)
The Mad Hatter's tea-party (Jean Aitchison)
Issues to consider
'Fixing' the language
The appeal to authority, 1650-1800 (Albert C. Baugh and Thomas Cable)
Issues to consider
The development of American English
The beginnings of American (H. L. Mencken)
Issues to consider
A corpus approach to linguistic development
Recent grammatical change in written English, 1961-1992: some preliminary findings of a comparison of American with British English (Geoffrey Leech and Nick Smith)
Issues to consider
The future of English?
English as a transitional phenomenon (David Graddol)
Issues to consider
Glossary of linguistic terms
Further reading
General histories of English
Old English
Middle English
Early Modern English
Eighteenth-century English to the present day
World Englishes
References
Index

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