The English Language: A Linguistic History by Laurel J. BrintonThe English Language: A Linguistic History by Laurel J. Brinton

The English Language: A Linguistic History

byLaurel J. Brinton, Leslie K. Arnovick

Paperback | August 2, 2016

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The English Language is an essential survey of the development of the language from its Indo-European past to the present day. Now in a third edition, this text offers enhanced discussion of the socio-historical and cultural contexts of the English language, new approaches to the history ofEnglish, and an anthology of specimen texts from the four major periods of English: Old, Middle, Early Modern, and Modern.
Laurel J. Brinton specializes in English language studies, with particular interest in grammaticalization and historical pragmatics. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California. In addition to co-authoring The English Language: A Linguistic History, she has co-edited the two-volume English Historical Linguistics: An Intern...
Title:The English Language: A Linguistic HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:640 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.88 inPublished:August 2, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAbbreviations1. Studying the History of EnglishWhy Study the History of English?A Definition of LanguageThe Components of LanguageLinguistic Change in EnglishThe Nature of Linguistic ChangeThe Origin of LanguageAttitudes toward Linguistic ChangeResources for Studying the History of English2. Sounds and Sound Change in EnglishThe Sounds of EnglishSound ChangeThe Writing of English3. Causes and Mechanisms of Language ChangeCauses of ChangeMorphological and Syntactic ChangeSemantic ChangePragmatic Change4. The Indo-European Language Family and Proto-Indo-EuropeanClassification of LanguagesLanguage FamiliesThe Indo-European Language FamilyProto-LanguageReconstructionProto-Indo-European5. Germanic and the Development of Old EnglishProto-GermanicGrammatical and Lexical Changes from PIE to GermanicPhonological Changes from PIE to GermanicA Brief History of Anglo-Saxon EnglandThe Records of the Anglo-Saxons6. The Words and Sounds of Old EnglishThe Word Stock of the Anglo-SaxonsThe Orthographic System of Old EnglishThe Phonological System of Old EnglishStressA Closer Look at the Language of an Old English Text7. The Grammar of Old EnglishThe Nominal SystemThe Verbal SystemSyntaxA Closer Look at the Language of an Old English Text8. The Rise of Middle English: Words and SoundsFrench and English in Medieval EnglandThe Word Stock of Middle EnglishThe Written Records of Middle EnglishOrthographic ChangesConsonant ChangesVowel ChangesA Closer Look at the Language of a Middle English Text9. The Grammar of Middle English and Rise of a Written StandardThe Effects of Vowel ReductionGrammatical Developments in Middle EnglishComparison of a Middle English and an Old English TextChange from Synthetic to AnalyticMiddle English as a Creole?The Rise of a Standard DialectA Closer Look at the Language of a Middle English Text10. The Words, Sounds, and Inflections of Early Modern EnglishEarly Modern English VocabularyThe Great Vowel ShiftChanges in the Short Vowels and DiphthongsA Closer Look at the Language of an Early Modern English TextChanges in ConsonantsRenaissance RespellingsChanges in Nominal Inflected FormsCase UsageChanges in Verbal Inflected FormsA Closer Look at the Language of an Early Modern English Text11. Early Modern English Verbal Constructions and Eighteenth-Century PrescriptivismEarly Modern English SyntaxLate Modern English and the Rise of PrescriptivismAims of the Eighteenth-Century GrammariansMethods of the Eighteenth-Century GrammariansThe Question of UsageDictionaries12. Modern EnglishGrammatical and Lexical Changes in Late Modern EnglishChanges in ProgressThe Effect of New Media on English13. Varieties of EnglishThe Development of National VarietiesImportant Regional Varieties of the British IslesEnglish as a Global LanguageAppendix A: Quick Reference GuideAppendix B: Timeline of Significant Historical, Social, Literary, and Linguistic Events in the History of EnglishAppendix C: Anthology of Readings (NEW)Exercise KeyGlossary of Linguistic TermsWorks CitedIndex

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"Brinton and Arnovick's book is, I think, the best textbook in its field." --John Considine, University of Alberta