The History of Early English

An activity-based approach

by Keith Johnson

Series: Learning about Language

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  • 9781138795457
  • 9781317636076
  • 9781317636069

The History of Early English provides an accessible and student-friendly introduction to the history of the English language from its beginnings until the end of the Early Modern English period. Taking an activity-based approach, this text ensures that students learn by engaging with the fascinating evolution of this language rather than simply reading about it.

The History of Early English: 

  • Provides a comprehensive introduction to early, middle and early modern English;
  • Introduces each language period with a text from writers such as Chaucer and Shakespeare, accompanied by a series of guiding questions and commentaries that will engage readers and give them a flavour of the language of the time;
  • Features a range of activities that include discussion points, questions, online tasks and preparatory activities that seamlessly take the reader from one chapter to the next;
  • Is supported by a companion website featuring audio files, further activities and links to online material.

Written by an experienced teacher and author, this book is the essential course textbook for any module on the history of English.

  • Taylor and Francis; June 2016
  • ISBN: 9781317636076
  • Edition: 1
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  • Title: The History of Early English
  • Series: Learning about Language
  • Author: Keith Johnson
  • Imprint: Routledge
Subject categories
  • 9781138795457
  • 9781317636076
  • 9781317636069

In The Press

"Johnson’s History of Early English does not disappoint. He has the knack of presenting difficult material in a refreshingly digestible and interactive style which links up the ancient-and-long-ago to today, and all of that is done without compromising on detail: he includes topics that are abuzz in the research world of the history of English."
Peter Tan, National University of Singapore

"Johnson’s account of the story of Old English is a remarkable achievement. It brings clarity, warmth and humour to a potentially dry topic, and provides a fascinating guide to the evolution of the English language from its beginnings until the end of the 17th century. The activities are integral to the book’s success, drawing the reader into the text while at the same time stimulating discussion and exploration beyond the text. The book will be an invaluable resource and a thoroughly enjoyable read for students of linguistics and lovers of language around the world."
Stephen Andrews, The University of Hong Kong

About The Author

Keith Johnson is Emeritus Professor of Linguistics and Language Education in the Department of Linguistics and English Language, University of Lancaster