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|Material Type:||Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Book, Internet Resource|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
N F Blake
|ISBN:||0814712924 9780814712924 0814713130 9780814713136|
|Description:||xv, 382 pages : maps ; 23 cm|
|Contents:||1. What is a History of English? --
2. Background Survey --
3. Before Alfred --
4. The First English Standard --
5. The Aftermath of the First Standard --
6. Interregnum: Fragmentation and Regrouping --
7. Political, Social and Pedagogical Background to the New Standard --
8. Language Change from 1400 to 1660 --
9. Establishing the Standard within Social Norms --
10. Emancipation, Education and Empire --
11. World Domination and Growing Variation.
In A History of the English Language, N.F. Blake abandons the traditional framework that divides history into three major periods: Old English, Middle English, and Modern English, arguing that these periods were originally chosen because of their political, as opposed to linguistic, significance. Dating the emergence of the ideal of a unified English language to the reign of King Alfred, Blake illustrates the way in which, since its origin, the concept of English has been largely a political and educational one. Detailing the influence that many parent languages - West Saxon, Latin, and French, to name a few - had on the emerging tongue, Blake brings insight into the dynamic role that other languages continue to play in shaping English.