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The English Language: A Historical Introduction covers the history of the English language from its prehistoric Indo-European origins to the present day. Assuming no previous knowledge of the subject, Charles Barber describes the nature of language and language change, and presents a history of the English language at different periods, dealing Cited by:   This book is written for students of English who are interested in the history of the language and would like to read an accessible but also comprehensive and reasonably detailed : Thomas Kohnen.

The History of English: An Introduction provides a chronological analysis of the linguistic, social, and cultural development of the English language from before its establishment in Britain around the year to the present.

Each chapter represents a new stage in the development of the language from Old English through Middle English to Modern Global English, all illustrated with Cited by:   The English Language: A Historical Introduction covers the history of the English language from its prehistoric Indo-European origins to the present day.

Assuming no previous knowledge of the subject, Charles Barber describes the nature of language and language change, and presents a history of the English language at different periods, dealing with key topics such as grammar, 5/5(1). There are books on the history of the English language.

There are books on the English language today, discussing how it varies from place to place. This book has the distinction of covering all, and covering them all very well. The historical linguistics part is particularly good, whth complete and detailed chapters on the stages from Old Cited by:   Jamestown, Virginia, also saw the dawn of American English with English colonizers adopting indigenous words, and adding them to the English language.

The constant influx of new blood due to voluntary and involuntary (i.e. slaves) migration during the 17th, 18th and 19th century meant a variety of English dialects had sprung to life, this.

English is an Indo-European language and belongs to the West Germanic group of the Germanic languages. Old English originated from a Germanic tribal and linguistic continuum along the Frisian North Sea coast, whose languages gradually evolved into the Anglic languages in the British Isles, and into the Frisian languages and Low German/Low Saxon on the continent.

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The book focuses on English grammar and how English evolved when speakers of different languages came together. McWhorter is a professor at Columbia University, political commentator, and linguist.

2 The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language by Melvyn Bragg. English is a West Germanic language that originated from Anglo-Frisian dialects brought to Britain in the mid 5th to 7th centuries AD by Anglo-Saxon migrants from what is now northwest Germany, southern Denmark and the Anglo-Saxons settled in the British Isles from the mid-5th century and came to dominate the bulk of southern Great Britain.

The history and development of English, from the earliest known writings to its status today as a dominant world language, is a subject of major importance to linguists and historians. In this book, a team of international experts cover the entire recorded history of the English language, outlining its development over fifteen centuries.

With an emphasis on more recent periods, every key 2/5(3). It is not a book about historical linguistics, it is a book about the history of languages, placed firmly in the framework of political and social history.

The book proceeds to discussion of how language itself might have evolved, through the identification of language families, through the development of individual languages, and finally to Cited by: 7.

Your first book choice is by Nicholas Evans, an Australian academic and one of the leading figures in language documentation. Please tell us more about Dying Words. This book is a history of world languages which focuses on the small languages that make up about 96% of all spoken languages but are spoken by only about 4% of the world’s population.

English language, a West Germanic language of the Indo-European language family that is closely related to Frisian, German, and Dutch languages.

It originated in England and is the dominant language of the U.S., the U.K., Canada, Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand. It has become the world’s lingua franca. The Earliest English provides a student-friendly introduction to Old English and the earliest periods of the history of the English Language as it evolved before Using non-technical language, the book covers basic terminology, the linguistic and cultural backgrounds to the emergence and development of OE, and the OE vocabulary that students studying this phase of the English language Cited by: 5.

Middle English ( – ) The Viking invasion: With the Viking invasions (Vikings were a tribe of Nordic people that ransacked their way through Northern and Northwestern Europe 1, years ago), Old English got mixed up with Old Norse, the language of the Viking Norse ended up giving English more than 2, new words, including “give” and “take”, “egg.

A Companion to the History of the English Language addresses the linguistic, cultural, social, and literary approaches to language study. The first text to offer a complete survey of the field, this volume provides the most up-to-date insights of leading international scholars. Introduction to the history of the English language.

Cheltenham [Gloucestershire]: Stanley Thornes, (OCoLC) Online version: Bourcier, Georges. Introduction to the history of the English language. Cheltenham [Gloucestershire]: Stanley Thornes, (OCoLC) Document Type: Book: All Authors / Contributors: Georges Bourcier.

The main part of this website, the History, can be read as a kind of story, in chapters, following the development of the English language from its Indo-European origins, through Old English and Middle English to Early Modern English and Late Modern English, before a brief look at English Today.

Old English literature, or Anglo-Saxon literature, encompasses the surviving literature written in Old English in Anglo-Saxon England, in the period after the settlement of the Saxons and other Germanic tribes in England (Jutes and the Angles) c.

after the withdrawal of the Romans, and "ending soon after the Norman Conquest" in These works include genres such as epic poetry. The history and development of English, from the earliest known writings to its status today as a dominant world language, is a subject of major importance to linguists and historians.

In this book, a team of international experts cover the entire recorded history of the English language, outlining its development over fifteen centuries.

Unlike other histories of the English language, this introduction cuts away traditional divisions into old, middle and modern English to chart the rise of and changes in standard English. It covers the English and historical background, changes in phonology, vocabulary and syntax, and offers close analyses of individual texts of English from a.

The English language. London: Sphere Books. Bolton, W. and David Crystal The English language. Esys by English and American men of letters Cambridge: University Press.

Bourcier, Georges An introduction to the history of the English language. Trans. and adapted by C. Clark. Cheltenham: Thornes.

Bragg, Melvyn are introductory, treating language in general as well as the pronunciation and or-thography of present-day English. The succeeding central six chapters are the heart of the book, tracing the history of the language from prehistoric Indo-European days through Old English, Middle English, and early Modern English up to the present time.

What are the origins of the English Language. The history of English is conventionally, if perhaps too neatly, divided into three periods usually called Old English (or Anglo-Saxon), Middle English, and Modern English.

The language was now not so much to be improved but preserved as a great national monument and defended from threat in a battle over whose norms would prevail.

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As the demographic shift in the English-speaking population moved away from Britain, the twentieth would be declared the American century, and the Empire would strike back.

Introduction to the English Language. Janu This course asks you to understand issues of world englishes, dialect, gender, style, usage, and correctness by becoming language ethnographers of the written and spoken word, by observing and recording language uses in your readings and in your academic and personal lives, and by.

The second edition of this book provides mainly the important milestones in the historical development of English language, with the sensible structure. Readers are required to have some concern on Old & Middle English as well as some basic knowledge of British history, so they can understand the content perfectly/5(22).

Genre/Form: History: Additional Physical Format: Online version: Thomas, P.G. (Percy Goronwy), Introduction to the history of the English language. Cambridge Core - English Literature: General Interest - The Cambridge History of the English Language - edited by Robert Burchfield.

History of the English Language. An Online Course. Purpose of the Course: The purpose of ENGL – The History of the English language is to discover the origins of the English language and how it evolved over time. Habits of pronunciation that developed in England led to profound changes in the way English speakers framed sentences; that is.

"A History of the English Language" is also a bit dated, but really, not much has changed in terms of the development of the language in recent decades. And really what you're reading this book is the history of English, which goes back to the 5th century AD or so/5.The history of the English language has traditionally been divided into three main periods: Old English ( AD), Middle English (circa AD) and Modern English (since ).

Over the centuries, the English language has been influenced by a number of other languages.Summary A History of the English Language - Chapters Chapters only. University.

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University of Sheffield. Module. History of English (ELL) Book title A History of the English Language; Author. Elly van Gelderen. Uploaded by. Paris Cross. Academic year. /