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The English Language: A Linguistic History
The English Language surveys the development of the English language from its Indo-European past to the present day. It covers the entire history of the English language beginning with its prehistoric origins in Proto-Indo-European and includes thorough coverage of its four major periods: Old English, Middle English, Early Modern English, and Modern English. The second edi ...more
Paperback, 602 pages
Published April 25th 2011 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published 2006)
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Pretty informative. The charts were helpful in clarifying/summarizing the changes throughout the various periods of English. I found the chapter on Early Modern English to be perhaps the most interesting, as it totally land blasts grammar sticklers. Still, it's a text book, so don't get too excited.
Most definitely the book that changed everything for me. Had I read this book in high school (or even been introduced to the concepts in this book) I would have chosen to become a teacher many years ago. My passion for communication and my beliefs that all societal problems can be solved through better communication stem mostly from reading this book. One of the most important concepts that this book opened my eyes to is that the English language is descriptive, not prescriptive. It is a simple ...more
This was really fascinating. Bits of it were dry, but mostly it wasn't. I especially liked the section on how invasions of England influenced the language, and learning about proto-IndoEuropean. The very last section, on current linguistic change, was quite interesting.
Apr 25, 2016 Leah (TheKoolKandy) rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Another textbook! Another one of the few that I kept up with throughout the term as it turned out to be a very interesting read. It has plenty of technical detail, but also is sure to explain it on many occasions.