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ISBN-13: 978-0199544394
ISBN-10: 0199544395
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`Review from previous edition Up-to-date, culturally sensitive, detailed and rigorous. Yet also, true to Emerson's philosophy, conveys some of the lustre, excitement and agony of the past.' Henry Hitchings, New Statesman

`a fascinating book' Michael Kerrigan, The Scotsman

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Dr Lynda Mugglestone is a University Lecturer in English and a Fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford. She has published widely on language in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. recent work includes Lexicography and the OED. Pioneers in the Untrodden Forest (Oxford University Press, 2002), 'Talking Proper'. The Rise of Accent as Social Symbol 2nd edn. (Oxford University Press, 2003), and Lost for Words. The Hidden History of the Oxford English Dictionary (Yale University Press, 2004).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 498 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (December 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199544395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199544394
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 1.1 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,732,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 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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2 of 2 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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