- Hardcover: 447 pages
- Publisher: Longman; 5th edition (November 19, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0130151661
- ISBN-13: 978-0130151667
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 27 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #751,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A scholarly book that is a model of clarity and quite the best history of English obtainable in one volume.' - The Irish Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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A classic comprehensive and balanced exploration of the history of the English language -- from the Middle Ages to the present -- that combines internal linguistic history and external cultural history. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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It is such an authoritative work that merely commenting on it seems superfluous: if you really want to understand hos the English language came about, was influenced by he Romans in Britain, and was then subjected to a long series of change brought about as a result of much pillage and plunder by Angles, Saxons, Vikings, Norse as well as the underlying Celtic traditions.
With the Norman conquest in 1066 there was wrought another fundamental change and one where the common man spoke a different language from the Norman aristocracy. Indeed, Henry V was the first English king to make use of the rude language that was still forming, that we now call the English language.
Bt that language had still several variations to overcome, America, Canada, Australia and India added to the words used and thus influenced the development o the language we have today.
The book also sets out some parameters for future change in the language.
A fascinating book for any student of the English language to read as well as a well established textbook, this book comes highly recommended, at least by me.
He did love it.
I did appreciate this book myself when studying for a MA degree in Sherbrooke (Qc)