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Author Fennell, Barbara A.

Title A history of English : a sociolinguistic approach / Barbara A. Fennell
Published Oxford, UK ; Malden, Mass. : Blackwell Publishers, 2001


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Description xi, 284 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
Series Blackwell textbooks in linguistics ; 17
Blackwell textbooks in linguistics ; 17
Contents Part I: Introduction. -- Part II: The Pre-History of English. -- Part III: Old English 450-1100. -- Part IV: Middle English. -- Part V: Early Modern English. -- Part VI: Present Day English. -- Part VII: English In The United States. -- Part VIII: World-Wide English. -- Bibliography. -- Index
Summary "A History of English provides an intelligent and accessible synthesis of modern sociolinguistic approaches to the development of the English language." "Beginning with the pre-history of English, each chapter provides sociohistorical context, an overview of the major structural changes at each stage of the development of the language, and discussion of topics of particular sociolinguistic interest. Textual examples are given from a number of genres of writing including classical literature, letters, prose writings, modern popular literature and software documentation. The volume concludes with a discussion of the future of English language."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [270]-279) and index
Subject English language -- History.
English language -- Social aspects.
Language and culture -- English-speaking countries.
LC no. 00057918
ISBN 063120072X (acid-free paper)
0631200738 (paperback: acid-free paper)