The English Language: Oxford Language Classics series

Paperback | June 1, 2002

byRobert Burchfield, John Simpson

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'The English language is like a fleet of juggernaut trucks that goes on regardless.'In this fascinating book, Robert Burchfield, editor of the four-volume Supplement to the Oxford English Dictionary, expertly stresses both the resilience and flexibility of the English language, tracing its history from the 5th century AD to the present day. From the days of runes to the origins ofprinting, through social, religious, political and industrial change in the eighteenth century, through the rise of the British Empire and the development of world English, and into the twentieth-century, the English language has undergone sweeping changes. 'the best brief survey I have read on the development of English'Anthony Burgess 'an expert, absorbing guide to the English-speaking world's biggest asset'Sunday Times'It can be recommended without reservation to all who are sensitive to the subtlety, richness and power of the language they speak'British Book News'so skilfully written that it must surely take a place among the best three or four books ever written about our language'Birmingham Post

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'The English language is like a fleet of juggernaut trucks that goes on regardless.'In this fascinating book, Robert Burchfield, editor of the four-volume Supplement to the Oxford English Dictionary, expertly stresses both the resilience and flexibility of the English language, tracing its history from the 5th century AD to the present...

Robert Burchfield (1923- ) was born in Wanganui, New Zealand. He was awarded a Rhodes scholarship in 1949 and went on to hold a number of academic posts at Oxford University before becoming Chief Editor of the Oxford English dictionaries (1971-84). He was a Senior research Fellow of St Peter's College Oxford from 1979 to 1990 and is ...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:June 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceContentsList of IllustrationsAbbreviationsPhonetic Symbols1. Some Preliminary Considerations2. From Runes to Printing3. From William Caxton to George Washington: 1476 to 17764. The Disjunctive Period: 1776 to the Present Day5. Literature, Ritualistic Works, and the Language6. The Recording of English in Dictionaries and Grammars7. Vocabulary8. Pronunciation and Spelling9. The Syntactical Arrangement of Words10. Dispersed Forms of EnglishAfterwordJohn Simpson: NotesBibliographyIndex

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