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

ISBN-10: 1403998809
ISBN-13: 9781403998804
Edition: 3rd 2006 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $48.00
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 12/12/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Preface to the third edition
Preface to the second edition
Symbols
Texts and facsimiles
Acknowledgements
Introduction
English today
Studying variety across time in language
How has the English language changed?
How can we learn about Old English and later changes in the language?
Changes of meaning - the semantic level
The English Language is Brought to Britain
Roman Britain
The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle
How the English language came to Britain
Old English I
Written Old English
The development of writing hands (i)
Dialects and political boundaries
Danish and Norwegian Vikings
Effects of Viking settlement on the English language
The Norman Conquest
Old English II
The language of Old English poetry
OE prose
OE grammar
Latin loan-words in OE
ON loan-words in OE
Early French loan-words
From Old English to Middle English
The evidence for linguistic change
The Norman Conquest and the English language
The earliest 12th-century Middle English text
The book called Ormulum
12th-century loan-words
Early Middle English - 12th Century
Evidence of language change from late OE to early ME in La[subscript 3]gamon's Brut
The Owl & the Nightingale
Early Middle English - 13th Century
The Fox and the Wolf
The South English Legendary
A guide for anchoresses
The development of writing hands (ii) - from the 11th to the 13th centuries
Three medieval lyrics
The Bestiary
The Lay of Havelok the Dane
Early 13th-century loan-words, 1200-49
Northern and Southern Texts Compared
Cursor Mundi - a history of the world
Later 13th-century loan-words, 1250-99 (see the Word Book)
The 14th Century - Southern and Kentish Dialects
The dialect areas of Middle English
How to describe dialect differences
A South-Eastern, or Kentish dialect
An early South-West dialect
A later 14th-century South-West dialect
14th-century loan-words, (see the Word Book)
The 14th Century - Northern Dialects
A 14th-century Scots dialect
Another Northern dialect - York
The York Plays
Northern and Midlands dialects compared
Chaucer and the Northern dialect
Loan-words 1320-39 (see the Word Book)
The 14th Century - West Midlands Dialects
A North-West Midlands dialect - Sir Gawayn and [Th]e Grene Knyzt
A South-West Midlands dialect - Piers Plowman
Loan-words 1340-59 (see the Word Book)
The 14th Century - East Midlands and London Dialects
The origins of present-day Standard English
The development of writing hands (iii) - the 14th century
A South-East Midlands dialect - Mandeville's Travels
The London dialect - Thomas Usk
Loan-words 1360-79 (see the Word Book)
The London Dialect - Chaucer, Late 14th Century
Chaucer's prose writing
Chaucer's verse
Editing a text
Loan-words 1380-99 (see the Word Book)
Early Modern English I - The 15th Century
The beginnings of a standard language
The development of writing hands (iv) - the 15th century
Chancery English
Early 15th-century East Midland dialect - The Boke of Margery Kempe
Later 15th-century East Midland dialect - the Paston letters
Late 15th-century London English - William Caxton
The medieval tales of King Arthur
Late 15th-century London dialect - the Cely letters
15th-century loan-words (see the Word Book)
Early Modern English II - The 16th Century (I)
The development of writing ands (v) - the 16th century
The Lisle Letters
Formal prose in the 1530s
A different view on new words
John Hart's An Orthographie
The Great Vowel Shift
Punctuation in 16th-century texts
Loan-words 1500-49 (see the Word Book)
Early Modern English III - The 16th Century (II)
The development of the standard language
Evidence for some 16th-century varieties of English
English at the end of the 16th century
Loan-words 1550-99 (see the Word Book)
Early Modern English IV - The 17th Century (I)
Evidence for changes in pronunciation
Sir Thomas Browne
The development of writing hands (vi) - the 17th century
George Fox's Journal
John Milton
John Evelyn's Diary
The Royal Society and prose style
Loan-words 1600-49 (see the Word Book)
Early Modern English V - The 17th Century (II)
John Bunyan
Spelling and pronunciation at the end of the 17th century
John Dryden
North Riding Yorkshire dialect in the 1680s
Loan-words 1650-99 (see the Word Book)
Modern English - The 18th Century
Correcting, improving and ascertaining the language
Dr Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language
The perfection of the language
'The Genius of the Language'
Bishop Lowth's Grammar
'The depraved language of the common People'
'Propriety & perspicuity of language'
Language and social class
William Cobbett and the politics of language
18th-century loan-words (see the Word Book)
From Old English to Modern English - Comparing Historical Texts
Commentary on Text 173
'Your accent gives you away!'
Postscript - To the Present Day
Some developments in the standard language since the 18th century
The continuity of prescriptive judgements on language use
The grammar of spoken English today
19th & 20th century loan-words (see the Word Book)
Bibliography
Index

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