ISBN : 9780199660162
Lynda Mugglestone's hugely popular The Oxford History of English is now updated and entirely reset in a new edition featuring David Crystal's new take on the future of English in the wider world. In accounts made vivid with examples from a vast range of documentary evidence that includes letters, diaries, and private records, fifteen scholars trace the history of English from its ancient Indo-European origins to the present. They cover the language's versions, written and spoken, revel in its rich variety over fifteen centuries, and chart its varied progress nationally, regionally, and throughout the world. With scholarship at once impeccable and approachable, the authors describe and explain the constantly changing sounds, words, meanings, and grammar of English. This is a book for everyone interested in the language, present and past.
Introduction: A History of the English Language 1. Preliminaries: before English 2. Beginnings and Transitions: Old English 3. Contacts and Conflicts: Latin, Norse, and French 4. Middle English - dialects and diversity 5. From Middle to Early Modern English 6. Restructuring Renaissance English 7. Mapping Change in Tudor English 8. The Babel of Renaissance English 9. Speakers and Writers of Eighteenth-century English 10. English in the Nineteenth Century 11. Modern Regional English in the British Isles 12. English Among the Languages 13. English World-wide in the Twentieth Century 14. Into the Twenty-first Century TImeline Table of Phonetic Equivalents Glossary References Contributors Acknowledgements Index