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External Influences on English From Its Beginnings to the Renaissance

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ISBN-10: 0199654263

ISBN-13: 9780199654260

Edition: 2012

Authors: D. Gary Miller

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List price: $318.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 8/1/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 6.54" wide x 9.61" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.518
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgments
Dating and other conventions
Abbreviations
Bibliographical abbreviations
Introduction
The place of English within Indo-European
Germanic
Gothic
North Germanic
West Germanic
Continental borrowings into English
Celtic
Subdivisions of the Celtic family
Goidelic (Gaelic)
Brittonic (Brythonic/British)
Conclusion and conspectus
Celtic, Roman, and Germanic background
Pre-Celts and Celts in Britain
British Celtic toponyms
Early Celtic loanwords in English
Roman period in Britain [c1-5]
Roman influence on the early Germanic tribes
Early continental borrowings from Latin
Latin borrowings west of the Rhine
The end of Roman rule in Britain
Residues of romanization and the fate of Latin
Arrival of the pre-English tribes [C5]
The question of Frisian participation
Linguistic evidence
Problems for Vortigern
New Germanic settlements and Celtic displacements
Period of the legendary King Arthur
Celtic influence on the structure of English
Conclusion
English: The early period
The establishment of English [c6]
Contacts, missions, and christianization [C6/7]
Borrowings from casual contact
More technical Christian vocabulary
The multiple sources of cross
Northumbrian renaissance [c8]
West Saxon period [c9]
King Alfred the educator
The Winchester school and standardization [c10-11]
Wulfstan and other standards
Conclusion
Early loanwords from Latin and Greek
The dating of loanwords
Periods of loanwords and criteria for dating
Chronology of phonological changes: Latin to Romance
Germanic chronology
Insular period: Proto-English changes
Loanwords into Germanic
Probable early (continental?) borrowings
Probable later borrowings [c.450-600]
Borrowings with christianization [600+] (cf. �3-3ff.)
Learned borrowings [C9/10]
Conclusion
Appendix: Overview of early changes
The Scandinavian heritage of English
Introduction
The Viking era
Diffusion of the Vikings
Systematic attacks and settlements
Commerce and urban development
More conquests and Scandinavian rule
Similar languages in contact: bilingualism and convergence
Epigraphic language mixture
The death of Scandinavian in England
A Norn parallel?
Distribution of Nordic influence on English: evidence of toponyms
Place names in -by
Other place names of Scandinavian origin
Scandinavian influence on the English lexicon
Introduction
Specialized and technical Scandinavian words in Old English
Non-technical Nordic loans in Old English
Scandinavian borrowings 1016-1150
Scandinavian loans in Middle English: the Ormulum
The Katherine group
Scandinavian loans in other Middle English texts
Middle English dialectology: the focal area
Changes specific to the focal area?
Phonological properties of Norse borrowings
Introduction
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