A History of the English Language

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9780415280990: A History of the English Language

Praise for the fifth edition:

'The fifth edition of A History of the English Language will continue to be the standard reference work on the history of English.'

Peter Erdmann, Technische University, Berlin, Germany

'Baugh and Cable's classic is still an absolute must for everyone interested in the development of English in its socio-historical context. Revised and updated, this edition continues to provide an engagin biography of a living and dynamic language.'

Ishtla Singh, Kings College, London, UK

 

A History of the English Language is a comprehensive exploration of the linguistic and cultural development of English, from the Middle Ages to the present day. Revised and updated, the fifth edition continues to provide students with a balanced and up-to-date overview of the subject. The new edition includes:

  • A revised first chapter, 'English present and future'
  • A new section on gender issues and linguistic change
  • Updated material on African-American vernacular English.

Albert C.Baugh was Schelling Memorial Professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

Thomas Cable is Jane and Roland Blumberg Centennial Professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin.


 

 

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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.

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Comprehensive and balanced, this classic exploration of the history of the English language combines internal linguistic history and external cultural history-from the Middle Ages to the present. This market-leading text encourages readers to develop both an understanding of present-day English and an enlightened attitude toward questions affecting the language today.

Features in the New Edition include:
  • A thoroughly revised and updated Chapter 1, English Present and Future, reflecting the latest trends and statistics of the last ten years
  • A new section in Chapter 10, Gender Issues and Linguistic Change, providing a balanced and current perspective on an important social topic
  • Thorough revision of Chapter 11, The English Language in America, with updated material on African American Vernacular English
The traditional strengths of the text remain, including:
  • An emphasis on the political, social, and cultural forces that affect language
  • The use of traditional phonetic notation to help pronunciation
  • A map of American dialects and examples of twentieth-century vocabulary demonstrating differences in American English and comparisons of current English to earlier versions

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