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Laurel Brinton and Leslie Arnovick

The English Language: A Linguistic History, Second Edition
ISBN 13: 9780195431575

About the Book

Now in a second edition, The English Language is an essential survey of the development of the language from its Indo-European past to the present day. The early chapters introduce students to the fundamental concepts they will need in order to understand phonological, morphological, syntactic, orthographic, semantic, and lexical changes in the language, before tracing the language's development through each of its major periods. The second edition offers enhanced discussion of such cutting-edge topics as the effects of media on language; the socio-cultural causes of change; computer-mediated communications; text messaging; and the sources and dialects of present day English.

Readership : The English Language: A Linguistic History is a core text for upper-level courses on the history of the English language in the English or linguistics department at universities.

Laurel Brinton


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