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

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Macmillan International Higher Education, 1998 M06 30 - 479 páginas
A fascinating, visual volume which traces the development of the language from Old English, through Middle and Early Middle English to the establishment of Standard English in the 18th century. The core of the book is a series of nearly two hundred historical texts, of which more than half are reproduced in facsimile, exemplifying the progressive changes in the language. The book is firmly based upon linguistic description, with commentaries forming a series of case studies which demonstrate the evidence for language change at every level - handwriting, spelling, punctuation, vocabulary, grammar and meaning.

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2 The English language is brought to Britain
9
3 Old English I
21
4 Old English II
55
5 From Old English to Middle English
76
6 Early Middle English 12th century
98
7 Early Middle English 13th century
126
8 Northern and Southern texts compared
149
9 The 14th century Southern and Kentish dialects
163
15 Early Modern English II the 16th century i
273
16 Early Modern English Ill the 16th century ii
305
17 Early Modern English IV the 17th century i
322
18 Early Modern English V the 17th century ii
352
19 Modern English the 18th century
376
20 From Old English to Modern English comparing historical texts
407
21 Postscript I to the present day
418
a summary
431

10 The 14th century Northern dialects
187
11 The 14th century West Midlands dialects
207
12 The 14th century East Midlands and London dialects
224
13 The London dialect Chaucer late 14th century
231
14 Early Modern English I the 15th century
247

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DENNIS FREEBORN was Head of Language Studies at the College of Ripon and York St John until 1984, and was Chief Examiner in English Language Studies for the London University Schools Examinations Board. He is the author of A Course Book in English Grammar and Varieties of English.

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