A Companion to the History of the English Language by Haruko Momma, Michael Matto

By Haruko Momma, Michael Matto

A better half to the background of the English Language addresses the linguistic, cultural, social, and literary ways to language examine. the 1st textual content to provide a whole survey of the sphere, this quantity presents the main updated insights of best foreign scholars.

  • An available connection with the background of the English language
  • Comprises greater than sixty essays written by means of major overseas scholars
  • Aids literature scholars in incorporating language learn into their work
  • Includes an old survey of the English language, from its Germanic and Indo- eu beginnings to fashionable British and American English
  • Enriched with maps, diagrams, and illustrations from ancient publications
  • Introduces the most recent scholarship within the field

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Yule, H. & Burnell, A. C. (1903 [1886]). HobsonJobson: A Glossary of Colloquial Anglo-Indian Words and Phrases. 2nd edn. William Crooke. London: Murray. 3 Essential Linguistics Mary Blockley How much linguistics is necessary in a History of the English Language course for a literature student? How much should a student of literature know about language studies? I take these questions as an invitation to think about the minimal amount of linguistics needed to convey change in English over at least the last thousand years.

Frantzen, A. J. & Niles, J. D. ) (1997). AngloSaxonism and the Construction of Social Identity. Gainesville: University Press of Florida. Gneuss, H. (1996). English Language Scholarship: A Survey and Bibliography from the Beginnings to the End of the Nineteenth Century. Binghamton, NY: Medieval and Renaissance Texts & Studies. Grimm, J. (1822–37 [1819]). Deutsche Grammatik. 4 vols. 2nd edn. Göttingen: Dieterichsche. Jespersen, O. (1982 [1905]). Growth and Structure of the English Language 10th edn.

The history of the English language abounds with such cyclical developments, effects becoming causes. While the division between internal and external history is being blurred, a second model of history, the chronological development of language, still holds sway. The tripartite history of Old, Middle, and Modern English defines two historical moments as central to English’s development: the Norman Invasion of 1066, and the rise of the Tudor Dynasty and the Protestant Reformation. These events are traditional dividing lines for good reason – they do in fact represent moments when language, politics, religion, and economics underwent radical transformations.

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