New PDF release: A Companion to the History of the English Language

By Haruko Momma, Michael Matto

ISBN-10: 1405129921

ISBN-13: 9781405129923

A better half to the historical past of the English Language addresses the linguistic, cultural, social, and literary methods to language research. the 1st textual content to supply an entire survey of the sector, this quantity presents the main updated insights of major overseas scholars.

  • An available connection with the historical past of the English language
  • Comprises greater than sixty essays written via top foreign scholars
  • Aids literature scholars in incorporating language research into their work
  • Includes an historic 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 old publications
  • Introduces the newest scholarship within the field

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Dolan) Roget’s Thesaurus is first published. (Hüllen) Act for the Better Government of India results in the British governing India directly. (Sridhar) Proposal for the Publication of a New English Dictionary initiates work on what will be the Oxford English Dictionary. (Crowley) A Timeline for HEL 1873 1898 1914–39 1922 1925 1926–62 1928 1946 1947 1953 1957–68 1967 1970– 1975– 1979 1991 1993 1996–7 1998 xxxiii Harvard University introduces the first American college program in English composition for native speakers.

London: Routledge. [Offers a narrative explanation of linguistic evolution in relation to social and political changes in Britain and America] Crystal, D. (2003). The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language. 2nd edn. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Arranges historical and contemporary material by theme; offers abundant visual aids] Culpepper, J. (2005). History of English. 2nd edn. Routledge Language Workbooks Series. New York: Routledge. [Focuses on student-friendly linguistic analyses of language change; includes exercises and “discussion points”] Fennell, B.

But such a question reinscribes Swift’s equation of language and sovereign state – Jamaican English is not English only to the extent that it is not the English of England. We may soon find we need a terminology similar to “Romance Languages” to accommodate the Englishes born in the wake of British expansion: the “English language family” perhaps, as David Crystal among others has suggested. With such a formulation, Swift’s fear of language decay and death becomes a celebration of generation and proliferation; as one language spreads and evolves to become many, it lives on more abundantly than it could have otherwise.

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