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A History of the English Language



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The history and development of English, from the earliest known writings to its status today as a dominant world language, is a subject of major importance to linguists and historians. In this book, a team of international experts cover the entire recorded history of the English language, outlining its development over fifteen centuries. With an emphasis on more recent periods, every key stage in the history of the language is covered, with full accounts of standardisation, names, the distribution of English in Britain and North America, and its global spread. New historical surveys of the crucial aspects of the language are presented, and historical changes that have affected English are treated as a continuing process, helping to explain the shape of the language today. This complete and up-to-date history of English will be indispensable to all advanced students, scholars and teachers in this prominent field.

Author Biography

Richard M. Hogg is Smith Professor of Language and Medieval English at the University of Manchester. David Denison is Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Manchester.
Release date NZ
March 17th, 2008
Edited by David Denison Edited by Richard M. Hogg
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
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Cambridge University Press
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