History of English
Routledge – 2004 – 128 pages
Series: Language Workbooks
Whilst maintaining the accessibility for the beginner, the level of this second edition has been raised by the addition of much more detail, a greater focus on theories and controversies, and a clearer route to key works in the field. History of English:
Revised throughout, this updated edition contains a new internet resource section and an updated further reading section, to help readers take their study further.
'This second edition … retains the outstanding features of the first edition – it covers all the topics relevant to a study of the history of English. In addition, the second edition brings with it a new rigour and a fuller and more careful and detailed account of, in particular, spelling and speech sounds, grammar, dialects and standardisation. I congratulate the author on the improvements made in this second edition.' – Sue Powell, University of Salford, UK
Using this Book. Acknowledgements 1. The Birth of English 2. Investigating Change in English 3. Spellings and Speech Sounds 4. Borrowing Words 5. New Words from Old 6. Changing Meanings 7. Grammar I: Nouns 8. Grammar II: Verbs 9. Dialects in British English 10. Standardisation 11. World Englishes. Appendix. Index
Jonathan Culpeper is based a the Department of Linguistics and Modern English Language at the University of Lancaster.