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The History of the English Language: A Source Book
by J.D. Burnley
This comprehensive guide to the English language was first published in 1992. It features carefully chosen extracts that illustrate the development of English, examining particularly the stylistic variety of the language.
Hardcover, Second Edition, 418 pages
Published June 8th 2000 by Longman Publishing Group
(first published 1992)
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This is one of the few books from my college days that I actually revisit for personal entertainment. Chronologically organized from Old English to Modern, this book is perfect for anyone with a fondness for very old things. The informative sections are ideal for both historians and linguists. Best of all, though, are the included writing samples. Latin, Old English, Middle English ... it's all there for your translating pleasure. This is a true gem of nerd joy.
Just what it says it is: a source book. This book contains small excerpts from every period of the English language's history... and some of it is actually interesting to read. All of it, though, is informative and appropriate for the points the author is trying to communicate.