A History of the English Language
Comprehensive and balanced, this classic exploration of the history of the English language combines internal linguistic history and external cultural historyâfrom the Middle Ages to the present. Emphasis is on the political, social and cultural forces that affect language. Reflects the latest trends and statistics of the last ten years in a revised and updated chapter 1...more
--"they," "their," and "them," our plural pronouns, were a Scandinavian (specifically Danish) import. Old English conjugated them as "hie," "hiera," "him."
--In fact, the Danish invasions of England prior to the Norman Conquest probably contributed a lot more to our loss of inflection (word endings) than the French influence on our language ever did. While we "bo ...more
Very informative. Some chapters were more interesting than others. I liked the chapters on Old English and also on American English.
Always something t ...more
"A History of the English Language" is also a bit dated, but really, not much has changed in terms of the development of the language in recent decades. And really what you're reading this book is the history of English, which goes back to the 5th century AD or so.
I was put off a bit by the odd characters used to designate certain sounds, as I didn't know what t ...more
Dr. Baugh's scholarship is still much in use at the Penn Library—from his 1935 study of the history of the English language to his 1968 bibliography of Chaucer st ...more