The English Language: A Linguistic History

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The English Language: A Linguistic History is designed as a core text for classes in the history of the English language, offered through the English or linguistics department. Beginning with a discussion of how language changes, the book examines historical change in English from its Indo-European past through its major periods (Old English, Middle English, Early Modern English, and Modern English). This is an introductory text: it does not assume any background in language or linguistics. Self-testing exercises are integrated throughout the text, and students are required to learn to use the International Phonetic Alphabet. Additional pedagogical material, such as lists of related books and Web sites, are also integrated.

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Lauren Brinton and Leslie Arnovick are both in the Department of English at the University of British Columbia.

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"The English Language is particularly good at the phonological history of the language from IE forward. . . . [it] covers very well the history of morphological and syntactic change in English. . . . The amount of detail in formal description on the IE and General Germanic periods is very
satisfying, and I don't know of any parallel in alternative textbooks. At the other end of the timeline, the amount of detail and the accuracy in the treatment of Canadian varieties of English is also very satisfying, and, again, I don't know of any parallel in alternative textbooks."
--Michael Cummings, York University

"Brinton and Arnovick is based on sound and up-to-date linguistic scholarship, frequently cited directly in the text, which inspires confidence. . . . Very readable and engaging."
--Murray McGillivray, University of Calgary

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"The book is well-organized and clear . . . without assuming a lot of knowledge on the part of students."
--Richard J. Moll, University of Western Ontario

"Brinton and Arnovick's book is, I think, the best textbook in its field."
--John Considine, University of Alberta

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