About this book
A practical and comprehensive course book which leads the student from the dialects of Old English, through Middle and Early Modern English to the establishment of Standard English in the 18th century, with a postscript on language today. The text includes fascinating and informative illustrative facsimiles of letters, chronicles, diaries and literary extracts, with descriptive analyses and assignments for students. The aim is that students will gain an understanding of language variation and change in vocabulary, meaning, pronunciation, spelling and syntax, set against historical, social and political backgrounds.
Early Modern English English language Old English Syntax