History of English An Introduction

ISBN-10: 0415566401

ISBN-13: 9780415566407

Edition: 2012

Authors: Stephan Gramley

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A History of English: Language Contact and Changeprovides a chronological analysis of the linguistic, social and cultural development of the English language from before its establishment in Britain around the year 350 to the present. Each chapter represents a new stage in the development of the language from Old English through Middle English to Modern Global English, all illustrated with a rich and diverse selection of primary texts showing changes in language resulting from contact, conquest and domination, and the expansion of English around the world. A History of English goes beyond the usual focus on English in the UK and the US to include the wider global course of the language during and following the Early Modern English period. This perspective therefore also includes a historical review of English in its pidgin and creole varieties and as a Native and/or Second Language in the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, and Australasia. Designed to be user-friendly,A History of Englishcontains: Chapter introductions and conclusions to assist study Over 80 textual examples demonstrating linguistic change accompanied by translations and/or glosses where appropriate Study questions on the social, cultural and linguistic background of the chapter topics Further reading from key texts to extend or deepen the focus Just under a hundred supporting figures, tables and maps to support and illuminate the text A 16-page colour plate section of exemplary texts, relevant artefacts, or examples of language usage including Germanic runes, the opening page of Beowulf, the New England Primer, and the Treaty of Waitangi An extensive glossary of linguistically relevant terms An index for easy access to the topics covered in the book A companion website supports the textbook and features: Links to supporting websites which enhance and explain material introduced in the book An extended view of some of the aspects of language development as well as synopses of material dealt with in more than one chapter Further sample texts including examples from Chaucer, eighteenth-century pamphlet literature, and twenty-first century novels Additional exercises to help users expand their insights and apply background knowledge Sample answers to study questions in the textbook An interactive timeline of important historical events and developments and interactive maps for each period A History of Englishis essential reading for any student of the English Language.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 1/12/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 7.75" wide x 10.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Stephan Gramley is Studiendirektor at Bielefeld University in the Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies.

List of illustrations
List of texts
Preface
Acknowledgments
The origins of English (before 450)
Chapter overview
The origins of human language
Language change
Changes in Germanic before the invasions of Britain
The world of the Germanic peoples
The Germanic migrations
Summary
Study questions
Further reading
Old English: early Germanic Britain (450-700)
Chapter overview
The first peoples
The Germanic incursions
Introduction to Old English
The Christianization of England
Literature in the early Old English period
Summary
Study questions
Further reading
Old English: the Viking invasions and their consequences (700-1066/1100)
Chapter overview
The Viking invasions
Linguistic influence of Old Norse
Creolization
Alfred's reforms and the West Saxon standard
Monastic reform, linguistic developments, and literary genres
Summary
Study questions
Further reading
Middle English: the non-standard period (1066/1100-1350)
Chapter overview
Dynastic conflict and the Norman Conquest
Linguistic features of Middle English in the non-standard period
French influence on Middle English and the question of creolization
English literature
Dialectal diversity in early ME
Summary
Study questions
Further reading
Middle English: the emergence of Standard English (1350-1500)
Chapter overview
Political and social turmoil and demographic developments
The expansion of domains
Chancery English (Chancery Standard)
Literature
Variation
Summary
Study questions
Further reading
The Early Modern English period (1500-1700)
Chapter overview
The Early Modern English period
Early Modern English
Regulation and codification
Religious and scientific prose and belles lettres
Variation: South and North
Summary
Study questions
Further reading
The spread of English (since the late sixteenth century)
Chapter overview
Social-historical background
Language policy
The emergence of General English (GenE)
Transplantation
Linguistic correlates of European expansion
Summary
Study questions
Further reading
English in Great Britain and Ireland (since 1700)
Chapter overview
Social and historical developments in Britain and Ireland
England and Wales
Scotland
Ireland
Urban varieties
Summary
Study questions
Further reading
English pidgins, English Creoles, and English (since the early seventeenth century)
Chapter overview
European expansion and the slave trade
Language contact
Pidgins
Creoles
Theories of origins
Summary
Study questions
Further reading
English in North America (since the early seventeenth century)
Chapter overview
The beginnings of English in North America
Colonial English
Development of North American English after American independence
Non-standard GenE
Ethnic variety within AmE
Summary
Study questions
Further reading
English in the ENL communities of the Southern Hemisphere (since 1788)
Chapter overview
Social-historical background
Southern Hemisphere English: grammar
Southern Hemisphere English: pronunciation
Southern Hemisphere English: vocabulary and pragmatics
Regional and ethnic variation
Summary
Study questions
Further reading
English in the ESL countries of Africa and Asia (since 1795)
Chapter overview
English as a Second Language
Language planning and policy
Linguistic features of ESL
Substrate influence
Identitarian function of language
Summary
Study questions
Further reading
Global English (since 1945)
Chapter overview
The beginnings of Global English
Media dominance
Features of medialized language
ENL, ESL, and ELF/EFL
The identitarian role of the multiplicity of Englishes
Summary
Study questions
Further reading
The International Phonetic Alphabet
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
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