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From Old English to Standard English

A Course Book in Language Variation Across Time

  • Authors
  • Dennis Freeborn
Textbook

Part of the Studies in English Language series book series (SEL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Dennis Freeborn
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  18. Back Matter
    Pages 458-479

About this book

Introduction

A fascinating, visual volume which traces the development of the language from Old English, through Middle and Early Middle English to the establishment of Standard English in the 18th century. The core of the book is a series of nearly two hundred historical texts, of which more than half are reproduced in facsimile, exemplifying the progressive changes in the language. The book is firmly based upon linguistic description, with commentaries forming a series of case studies which demonstrate the evidence for language change at every level - handwriting, spelling, punctuation, vocabulary, grammar and meaning.

Keywords

15th century 16th century 18th century Britain Case Studies Chaucer English English language Geoffrey Chaucer grammar Great Britain knowledge present progressive writing

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