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An Historical Study of English: Function, Form and Change
 

An Historical Study of English: Function, Form and Change (Hardback)

By Smith, Jeremy S.

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Through his analysis of selected major developments in the history of English, Jeremy Smith argues that the history of the language can only be understood from a dynamic perspective. The reader is provided with a synthesis of recent developments in English historical linguistics.

ISBN 9780415132725
Barcode 9780415132725
Published 17 October 1996 by Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780415132725
ISBN-10 041513272X
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Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint Routledge
Publication Date 17 October 1996
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Smith, Jeremy S.
Category Historical & Comparative Linguistics
Number of Pages 244
Dimensions Width: 159mm
Height: 235mm
Weight 454g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress English language, History, Historical linguistics
NBS Text Linguistics
ONIX Text College/higher education
Dewey Code 420.9
Catalogue Code Not specified

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Smith provides the reader with an accessible synthesis of recent developments in English historical linguistics. His book: Looks at the theory and methodology of linguistic historiography Considers the major changes in writing systems, pronunciation and grammar Provides examples of these changes, such as the standardisation of spellings and accent and the origins of the Great Vowel Shift Focuses on the origins of two non-standard varieties; eighteenth century Scots and twentieth century Black British English. This book will be fascinating reading to students of English Historical linguistics, and will make an original, important and above all, lively contribution to the field.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review [Smith] has interesting things to say. <br>- Journal of English and Germanic Philology <br> The text is an insightful survey of some of the problems which characterize the various stages of English. Readers will appreciate the elegance of Smith's agrument.... <br>- IJGLSA Fall 1999 <br> Smith aimed to demonstrate that the history of the English language can be exciting and stimulating, and he was indeed successful. I highly recommend this textbook for adoption in appropriate courses. <br>- Language, 1998 <br> An Historical Study of English breaks new ground in the historical study of the English language. In an impressive display of erudition and expertise, and using insights from sociolinguistics, pragmatics and historical linguistics, Jeremy Smith explores an array of topics in the history of English, ranging from the interpretation of medieval texts to present-day Black English in Britain. <br>-James Milroy, Program in Linguistics, University of Michigan <br>

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