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The English Language: A Historical introduction (Canto) By Charles Barber (University of Leeds)

The English Language: A Historical introduction (Canto)
by Charles Barber (University of Leeds)

Introduction to the history of the English language, ranging from prehistory to the present day.
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The English Language: A Historical Introduction covers the history of the English language from its prehistoric Indo-European origins to the present day. Assuming no previous knowledge of the subject, Charles Barber describes the nature of language and language change, and presents a history of the English language at different periods, dealing with key topics such as grammar, pronunciation and semantics. Where necessary, he introduces and explains the main theoretical and technical concepts of historical linguistics. There are also chapters on English in the scientific age, English as a world language and the future of the language. Charles Barber uses dozens of familiar texts, including the English of King Alfred, Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Addison, to illustrate the state of the English language through time in a range of contexts. This is a fascinating book for anyone with an interest in language.

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Sku
GOR002315771
Title
The English Language: A Historical introduction (Canto)
Author
Condition
Very Good
Binding type
Paperback
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Year published
Number of pages
312
ISBN 10
0521785707
ISBN 13
9780521785709
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