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The English Language

2nd Edition


Part of Canto Classics

  • Date Published: March 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107693937

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  • This bestselling text by Charles Barber, with updating contributions from Joan C. Beal and Philip A. Shaw, recounts the history of the English language from its remote ancestry to the present day. Using dozens of familiar texts, including the English of King Alfred, Shakespeare and Chaucer, the English language is explored in terms of where it came from, where it is going and the global impact it has had, taking into account the many varieties of English that now exist. Stimulating and interesting, it is not only written for specialists on language and linguistics, but also for general readers who take an interest in the subject.

    • A simple, straightforward explanation of how today's English came about
    • This new edition includes a brand new chapter on late modern English, reflecting a recent surge in interest in the language during this period
    • Clear explanations of linguistic ideas and terms make it the ideal introduction for students on courses in English language and linguistics and for all readers fascinated by language
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    'A clear, readable introduction to language … the layers of vocabulary are dealt with brilliantly …' Good Book Guide

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: March 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107693937
    • length: 318 pages
    • dimensions: 215 x 138 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • contains: 1 map
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. What is language?
    2. The flux of language
    3. The Indo-European languages
    4. The Germanic languages
    5. Old English
    6. Norsemen and Normans
    7. Middle English
    8. Early Modern English
    9. Late Modern English
    10. English as a world language
    11. English today and tomorrow.

  • Authors

    Charles Barber

    Joan Beal, University of Sheffield

    Philip Shaw, University of Sheffield

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