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The Oxford History of English

The Oxford History of English by Lynda Mugglestone
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The Oxford History of English traces the language from its obscure Indo-European roots to its twenty-first century position as the world's first language. It describes the history of English within the British Isles, its changing roles in different places, and its rise to global pre-eminence. Fifteen experts describe the history of English within a chronological framework: they examine written varieties and the spoken language of everyday life; and they consider and

explain changes in words, meanings, grammar, and pronunciation. The book will appeal to everyone with a keen interest in the English language and its development. - ;This book presents the history of English from its obscure Indo-European roots to its twenty-first century position as the world's first language. It shows how English evolved in the British Isles and how it spread to the United States and through the old British empire to every corner of the world. It examines the different versions and roles of the language in every part of the globe and shows how English rose to international pre-eminence.

With approachable but impeccable scholarship fourteen experts chart the history of written and spoken English in all its rich and protean variety. Their accounts are made vivid with examples drawn from an immense range of documentary evidence including letters, diaries, and private records. They explore and explain the mixture of gradual and rapid change in the words, meanings, grammar, or pronunciation of English at different times and in different places. They examine the three-century rise

of standard English and received pronunciation and consider their current status and wellbeing.

This book will appeal to everyone with a keen interest in the English language and its development. - ;answer[s] the need for a history of English that is up-to-date, culturally sensitive, detailed and rigorous. Yet also, true to Emerson's philosophy, convey[s] some of the lustre, excitement and agony of the past. - Henry Hitchings, New Statesman;a fascinating book to browse in - Michael Kerrigan, The Scotsman;...this is an appealing volume... For those who wish to carry on after the first term or textbook...and those who are interested in getting a guided exposure to authentic text samples or in looking a little behind the scenes of scholarly argumentation, this is the work of choice. - English World-Wide, 29:1

Oxford University Press, UK; July 2006
504 pages; ISBN 9780191623172
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Title: The Oxford History of English
Author: Lynda Mugglestone