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The Oxford History of English Hardcover – September 28, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0199249312 ISBN-10: 0199249318 Edition: First Edition

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; First Edition edition (September 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199249318
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199249312
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 1.3 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,878,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`a fascinating book to browse in' Michael Kerrigan, The Scotsman

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Lynda Mugglestone is News International Lecturer in Language and Communication, University of Oxford and Fellow in English Language and Literature, Pembroke College, Oxford.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James Rovira on March 12, 2013
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Excellent overview of the history of the English language. It is, however, an anthology of essays about the topic, not a textbook, so does not have built-in helps for learning the phonetic alphabet or for learning elements of middle English. It's not an equivalent to Baugh and Cable, but does represent the latest scholarship on the history of the English language. Its only real defect is a lack of focused discussion on the development of American English.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lindsay on April 26, 2011
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This is a thoroughly good book. I would definitely recommend having a background in grammar and phonology though. Like the previous reviewer, I am in a masters program for TESOL and Applied Linguistics.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By irishhighlander on April 3, 2010
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I ordered this textbook in order to complete my Masters program in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and Applied Linguistics. It covers all that I need. Good for English or History students
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By dhydavid on July 11, 2013
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The articles in this book approach the history of English more from a sociolinguistic perspective, rather than from a purely technical historical linguistic perspective. I find it more fascinating.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Duke on January 21, 2014
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I'll admit, there are more "scholarly" books on the history of English. However, I think that one of the strengths of this book is that it provides an excellent overview of the history of the English language while remaining accessible to readers without a strong background in linguistics. I certainly learned quite a bit reading this book and I felt that it helped give me a solid overview of the history of English. While the scope of the book is admittedly broad (dare I say huge!) the book provides enough info that if you are interested in a specific aspect of English that you will most likely read about it in this book and then you can purchase more detailed books that focus on the specific time/place/location that you are interested. Thus, this book is an excellent starting point!
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