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A History of the English Language 6th Revised edition Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0415655965
ISBN-10: 041565596X
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"This classic has beeen thoroughly revised and updated. It has expanded its coverage of the history of English, and incorporates topics of new fields of research. The sixth edition will serve its readers well."- Peter Erdmann, Technische University, Berlin, Germany

About the Author

Albert C. Baugh was Schelling Memorial Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, USA Thomas Cable is Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin, USA

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 6th Revised edition edition (August 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 041565596X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415655965
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Umexchan on February 17, 2013
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I was so surprised to find this book for such an inexpensive price. From the original publishing company, it is impossible to find it for under $100, so when I told my professor I had found it for an extremely low price, she didn't believe I had found the right book. She thought it was the workbook or something. Lo and behold when it came it was the exact book I needed, just by a different publisher. Sure, it has a different cover, but the content and pagination are the same, so I am having no problems in class. As a poor college student, I would recommend buying this version. You get the same book for less money leaving both you and your bank account happy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jillian Schmutz on October 31, 2013
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Needed this book for my history and structure of the English language class. It is a bit dry at times, but for the most part the book is a good read and it is interesting to learn about how much our language has changed through the years.
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This book reviews the history and evolution of the English language from ancient times to the present. The authors do so in a methodical, scholarly manner that provides a thorough, in-depth look at how the English language (a member of the Indo-European family of languages) developed and changed over time in the context of social, religious, political and military, and economic events in English history.

At the end of each chapter is an extensive bibliography that will provide interested readers with numerous leads to additional and supplemental reading materials. The book is scholarly and academic, and not suitable for readers with only a casual interest in the history of the English language. Anyone studying the history of the English language for the first time should consider looking at more basic, introductory publications before trying this book.

Apart from readers with a scholarly interest in historical linguistics, this book could be of interest as a reference book for teachers and instructors of English as a Second Language (ESL). Although this book does not provide material that could be readily used in an ESL class, its discussion of how the English language developed and changed over time could help ESL teachers and instructors better understand some of historical reasons behind various aspects of the English language that often are difficult to explain to English language learners. A less technical book on history of the English language that is specifically addressed to ESL teachers and instructors is Norbert Schmitt and Richard Marsden, Why Is English Like That?: Historical Answers to Hard ELT Questions (Michigan Teacher Training).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 4, 2014
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The book is superb. I don't understand the huge price difference between hardcover and paperback version of the same 6th edition. Over a $130 versus less than $40?
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This thorough and informative history of our language is an excellent choice for those interested in the topic, fitting the history of the language into the context of the history of its speakers. It is academically solid, with copious notes and extensive bibliographies: in fact, it would be an excellent text for a course in the history of English. But this is also a useful book for the general reader with an interest in the topic. It is clear, jargon free, and interesting to read. For me, the most interesting part of the book were the sections on Old English and Middle English, where the author shows very clearly how the entry of various words into English reflected a changing political climate.
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By Victoria on March 3, 2014
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This is a wonderful book, which outlines the major events and changes in the English language; however, it is a bit technical and difficult to read. Maybe not good for the first time learner, but very helpful for moderate-advanced learners.
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