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The History of English

An Introduction - 4 - 1422762

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Gramley, Stephan
Taylor & Francis Ltd.
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73 black & white illustrations, 57 black & white tables, 22 black & white line drawings
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The History of English: An Introduction examines developments and changes in the pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, and use of language due both to the internal dynamics of English and to its contact with other languages. It does this with an eye to the social context and global spread of English and covers a period of time from before its establishment in Britain around the year 350 to the present.
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Stephan Gramley is Studiendirektor at Bielefeld University, Germany, in the Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies.
List of illustrations List of texts Preface Acknowledgments Chapter 1: The origins of English (before 450) Chapter overview 1.1. The origins of human language 1.2. Language change 1.3. Changes in Germanic before the invasions of Britain 1.4. The world of the Germanic peoples 1.5. The Germanic migrations 1.6. Summary. Study questions. Further reading Chapter 2: Old English: early Germanic Britain (450-700) Chapter overview 2.1. The first peoples 2.2. The Germanic incursions 2.3. Introduction to Old English 2.4. The Christianization of England 2.5. Literature in the early Old English period 2.6. Summary Study questions Further reading Chapter 3: Old English: the Viking invasions and their consequences (700-1066/1100) Chapter overview 3.1. The Viking invasions 3.2. Linguistic influence of Old Norse 3.3. Creolization 3.4. Alfred's reforms and the West Saxon standard 3.5. Monastic reform, linguistic developments, and literary genres 3.6. Summary Study questions Further reading Chapter 4: Middle English: The non-standard period (1066/1100-1350) Chapter overview 4.1. Dynastic conflict and the Norman Conquest 4.2. Linguistic features of Middle English in the non-standard period 4.3. French influence on Middle English and the question of creolization 4.4. English literature 4.5. Dialectal diversity in ME 4.6. Summary. Study questions Further reading Chapter 5: Middle English: the emergence of Standard English (1350-1500) Chapter overview 5.1. Political and social turmoil and demographic developments 5.2. The expansion of domains 5.3. Chancery English (Chancery Standard) 5.4. Literature 5.5. Variation 5.6 Summary Study questions Further reading Chapter 6: The Early Modern English Period (1500-1700) Chapter overview 6.1. The Early Modern English Period 6.2. Early Modern English 6.3. Regulation and codification 6.4. Religious and scientific prose and belles lettres 6.5. Variation: South and North 6.6. Summary Study questions Further reading Chapter 7: The spread of English (since the late sixteenth century) Chapter overview 7.1. Social-historical background 7.2. Language policy 7.3. The emergence of General English (GenE) 7.4. Transplantation 7.5. Linguistic correlates of European expansionism 7.6. Summary Study questions Further reading Chapter 8: English in Great Britain and Ireland (since 1700) Chapter overview 8.1. Social and historical developments in Britain and Ireland 8.2. England and Wales 8.3. Scotland 8.4. Ireland 8.5. Urban varieties 8.6. Summary Study questions Further reading Chapter 9: English pidgins, English creoles, and English (since the early seventeenth century) Chapter overview 9.1. European expansion and the slave trade 9.2. Language contact 9.3. Pidgins 9.4. Creoles 9.5. Theories of origins 9.6 Summary Study questions Further reading Chapter 10: English in North America (since the early seventeenth century) Chapter overview 10.1. The beginnings of English in North America 10.2. Colonial English 10.3 Development of North American English after American independence 10.4. Ethnic variety within AmE 10.5. Summary Study questions Further reading Chapter 11: English in the ENL communities of the Southern Hemisphere (since 1788) Chapter overview 11.1. Social-historical background 11.2. Southern Hemisphere English: grammar 11.3. Southern Hemisphere English: pronunciation 11.4. Southern Hemisphere English: vocabulary and pragmatics 11.5. Regional and ethnic variation 11.6. Summary Study questions Further reading Chapter 12: English in the ESL countries of Africa and Asia (since 1795) Chapter overview 12.1. English A Second Language 12.2. Language planning and policy 12.3. Linguistic features of ESL 12.4. Substrate influence 12.5. Identitarian function of language 12.6. Summary Study questions Further reading Chapter 13: Global English (since 1945) Chapter overview 13.1. The beginnings of Global English 13.2. Media dominance 13.3. Features of medialized language 13.4. ENL, ESL, and ELF/EFL 13.5. The identitarian role of the multiplicity of Englishes 13.6. Summary Study questions Further reading The International Phonetic Alphabet Glossary Bibliography Index
"This book is not only an invaluable textbook for the student of the history of English, but also a source of inspiring questions prone to motivate individuals to pursue their own research in the field." LINGUIST "An essential introduction for students and an invaluable resource for teachers of this subject. It is written in an accessible style, includes many detailed examples and study questions and is well supported by extensive resources on its website." - Sebastian Rasinger, Anglia Ruskin University, UK "An extremely useful resource ... It is up-to-date, both in content and the technology it employs ... the narrative is clear and straightforward, difficult concepts are suitably elucidated and glossed, the selection of illustrative texts is excellent and the accompanying apparatus works very well." - Lister Matheson, Michigan State University, USA "An indispensable resource for undergraduate students of the history of English." - Peter K.W. Tan, National University of Singapore, Singapore "The history of English continues to be a fascinating area of study within Linguistics, especially Historical linguistics and Sociolinguistics. The field has undergone further renewal in the age of globalisation. Here is a textbook that does full justice to the early history of what were a group of Germanic dialects crossing over into what would become England. The language that gelled into English was to undergo enormous domestic changes over the centuries and to undertake many subsequent crossings. Stephan Gramley covers this complex history with an admirable blend of breadth and depth, striking a balance between structural aspects of language and sociolinguistic developments. This is an accessible student-friendly text which I wholeheartedly recommend." Rajend Mesthrie, University of Cape Town, South Africa "So much more than a textbook par excellence for students enrolled in university courses on the history of English, this multi-layered history of one of the world's richest and most widely spoken languages "does not treat English as a monolithic entity, but the product of use by diverse speakers through the ages, in differing levels of society, and over a wide geographic spread". In other words, the focus isn't just on the UK and US- there are also substantial sections on pidgin and creole varieties, as well as on English as a native and/or second language in the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and Australasia. As we move from 450 to the present, from Beowulf to Bollywood, the changes wrought on English by migration and social, political and cultural innovation and upheaval are explained in clear, concise language. There are copious examples from real texts, as well as maps, diagrams, colour plates and even free access to a supporting website featuring an interactive time line and audio clips. How did we get from "A Frere ther was, a wantown and a merye, a limitour, a ful solempne man" (Canterbury Tales, 1385) to "I think ibo gurls is sexy, kedu ka odi? All my fine ibo thoroughbreds" (Nigerian blog Igbo Girls Like Money a Lot, 2006)? Work your way through this brilliant history and you'll not only know the answer - you'll have enriched your understanding of, and ability to use, the English language beyond measure." The West Australian. '[The History of English will]... have enriched your understanding of, and ability to use, the English Language beyond measure.' - The West Australian