The Development of Old English

Hardcover | November 7, 2014

byDon Ringe, Ann Taylor

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This book, the second volume in A Linguistic History of English, describes the development of Old English from Proto-Germanic. Like Volume I, it is an internal history of the structure of English that combines traditional historical linguistics, modern syntactic theory, the study of languagesin contact, and the variationist approach to language change.The first part of the book considers the development of Northwest and West Germanic, and the northern dialects of the latter, with particular reference to phonological and morphological phenomena. Later chapters present a detailed account of changes in the Old English sound system, inflectionalsystem, and syntax. The book aims to make the findings of traditional historical linguistics accessible to scholars and students in other subdisciplines, and also to adopt approaches from contemporary theoretical linguistics in such a way that they are accessible to a wide range of historicallinguists.

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This book, the second volume in A Linguistic History of English, describes the development of Old English from Proto-Germanic. Like Volume I, it is an internal history of the structure of English that combines traditional historical linguistics, modern syntactic theory, the study of languagesin contact, and the variationist approach to...

Don Ringe was educated at the University of Kentucky, Oxford, and Yale and has taught Classical studies and linguistics at the university level since 1983. He is Kahn Endowed Term Professor in Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of numerous publications on comparative Indo-European linguistics, historical lingu...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:632 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:November 7, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Introduction2. The development and diversification of Northwest Germanic3. The development and diversification of West Germanic4. A grammatical sketch of Proto-West Germanic5. The northern West Germanic dialects6. The separate prehistory of Old English: Sound changes7. The separate prehistory of Old English: Morphological changes8. Old English syntaxAddenda and corrigenda to Volume I