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A History of the English Language

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What is a history of the English language? To a native speaker, the answer to this question might seem obvious: the story, from beginning to end, of the language that we use every day. But a history of the English language raises the prickly question of what one means by English. Who speaks "true" English, and are these speakers British, American, Scottish, or Australian, ...more
Paperback, 398 pages
Published March 1st 1998 by New York University Press (first published October 2nd 1996)
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Louise Chambers
Be prepared to jump into the deep, deep end of the scholar-talk pool with this one. The author doesn't give details as to the sound of the phonemes(?) he is describing, nor the gramatical structures and definitions he uses.

I wanted more of a history, and this is full-on linguistics. I'll muddle through, but I'm going to have to hunt down a grammar to help me define the text elements and linguistic terms.

I couldn't finish it. Above my level and not explanatory enough for me to learn.
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