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The English Language: A Linguistic History 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0195431575
ISBN-10: 019543157X
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"This book perfectly serves the audience it aims for. Indeed, it is written in such a way that students with no prior knowledge of the subject or terminology can approach the text even through individual study. The introduction to the basic concepts on language change and relative terminology are useful in gradually leading the student to a deeper understanding of English. In addition, historical and social background provided in each chapter integrates and contextualises the overview of linguistic features...the contents are presented clearly and simply and the textbook itself is an example of how to introduce students to the study and research of the history and varieties of the English language."--Linguist List


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Laurel J. Brinton, professor, University of British Columbia, specializes in English language studies and in the interface between language and literature. In addition to co-authoring The English Language: A Linguistic History, she is currently co-editing the two-volume Handbook of Historical English Linguistics (Mouton) and serves as an associate editor of the revision of the Dictionary of Canadianisms on Historical Principles.

Leslie K. Arnovick, professor, University of British Columbia, published her first book, The Development of Future Constructions in English, in 1991. In addition to co-authoring The English Language: A Linguistic History, she has also written several monographs profiling medieval English.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2 edition (April 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019543157X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195431575
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1.1 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #377,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bought this book for an Undergrad Linguistics course. Didn't enjoy having to read it at the time but I have since gone back and read through it. A very engaging book compared to similar texts.Font is not teeny-tiny, there are lots of good maps and pictures of original texts. The history spans from Old English, up into modern times. Great insight into the English language, lots of good stuff in this text for word-nerds.
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Great text for a history of languages. It also helped me learn some foundations on other languages via the phonetic alphabet and more.
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I bought this as a college text because amazon sells this for much less expensive. So i look forward to reading and learning from this book.
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I'm sorry to say it was bad and poorly.
why is that, because the book was wreck and not be able to use. the pages is rip a part and dirty.
I would advise not to sell such a thing without checking the quality first, especially a university book that one might need for education!!
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Good source, has a lot of information in one place which is good for this subject.
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