"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
About the Author
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.