The Oxford History of English

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Lynda Mugglestone
Oxford University Press, Jul 27, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 504 pages
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The Oxford History of English traces the language from its obscure Indo-European roots to its position as the world's first language. In accounts made vivid with examples from an immense range of documentary evidence, including letters, diaries, and private records, fifteen experts describe the history of English in all its versions, written and spoken. They reveal the language's rich and protean variety over the centuries and chart the progress of all its versions, standard, regional, and international. With impeccable and approachable scholarship, they describe and explain its constantly changing sounds, words, meanings, and grammar. This is a book for everyone interested in the English language, present and past.
  

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Contents

ILLUSTRATIONS
ABBREVIATIONS
KEY TO PHONETIC SYMBOLS
INTRODUCTIONA HISTORY OF ENGLISH
BEFORE ENGLISH
OLD ENGLISH
LATIN NORSE AND FRENCH
4MIDDLE ENGLISHDIALECTS AND DIVERSITY
10ENGLISH IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY
11MODERN REGIONAL ENGLISH IN THE BRITISH ISLES
12ENGLISH AMONG THE LANGUAGES
13ENGLISH WORLDWIDE IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
14INTO THE TWENTYFIRST CENTURY
A CHRONOLOGY OF ENGLISH
NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

5FROM MIDDLE TO EARLY MODERN ENGLISH
6RESTRUCTURING RENAISSANCE ENGLISH
7MAPPING CHANGE IN TUDOR ENGLISH
8THE BABEL OF RENAISSANCE ENGLISH
9ENGLISH AT THE ONSET OF THE NORMATIVE TRADITION
REFERENCES
WEBSITES
INDEX
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