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A history of English : a sociolinguistic approach

Author: Barbara A Fennell
Publisher: Oxford, UK ; Malden, Mass. : Blackwell Publishers, 2001.
Series: Blackwell textbooks in linguistics, 17.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A History of English provides an intelligent and accessible synthesis of modern sociolinguistic approaches to the development of the English language." "Beginning with the pre-history of English, each chapter provides sociohistorical context, an overview of the major structural changes at each stage of the development of the language, and discussion of topics of particular sociolinguistic interest. Textual examples  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Barbara A Fennell
ISBN: 063120072X 9780631200727 0631200738 9780631200734
OCLC Number: 44586155
Description: xi, 284 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm.
Contents: 1. Introduction. 1.1. The Time Periods of English. 1.2. Language Change. 1.3. Sources of Information on Language Change. 1.4. Linguistic Preliminaries. 1.5. The Sounds of English, and Symbols Used to Describe Them --
2. The Pre-history of English. 2.1. The Indo-European Languages and Linguistic Relatedness. 2.2. Linguistic Developments: The Indo-European Language Family. 2.3. From Indo-European to Germanic. 2.4. Typological Classification. 2.5. Sociolinguistic Focus. The Indo-European Tribes and the Spread of Language. Language Contact and Language Change. Archaeological Linguistics --
3. Old English. 3.1. Social and Political History. 3.2. Linguistic Developments: The Sounds, Structure and Typology of Old English.
Series Title: Blackwell textbooks in linguistics, 17.
Responsibility: Barbara A. Fennell.
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