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Essentials of Early English: Old, Middle and Early Modern English

Essentials of Early English: Old, Middle and Early Modern English (Hardback, 2nd New edition)

By Smith, Jeremy J.

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Building on the previous edition, this book tells the story of English from its early stages to today's still-evolving language, using real examples to show important influences, grammatical development and links to our linguistic past.

ISBN 9780415342582
Barcode 9780415342582
Published 16 June 2005 by Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format Hardback, 2nd New edition
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ISBN-13 9780415342582
ISBN-10 0415342589
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint Routledge
Publication Date 16 June 2005
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback, 2nd New edition
Edition 2nd New edition
Author(s) By Smith, Jeremy J.
Category English Language
Literary Theory
Number of Pages 264
Dimensions Width: 159mm
Height: 235mm
Spine: 20mm
Weight 522g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress English language - Grammar, Historical, English language - Old English, ca. 450-1100 - Grammar, English language - Middle English, 1100-1500 - Grammar, English language - Early modern, 1500-1700 - Grammar, Anthologie
NBS Text Literary Theory
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 420.9
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

Completely revised and updated, this new edition improves the highly successful Essentials of Early English that went before it. In Essentials of Early English Jeremy Smith presupposes almost no knowledge whatsoever and covers the vast subject in one neat volume. The book covers the three key stages of Early English: Old, Middle and Early Modern. Accessible and user-friendly, the new edition brings the story up to the present day with a new section entitled 'From Early Modern English to Late Modern English' and includes web links, facsimiles of texts, and a new further reading section. Grammatical aspects are fully detailed and explained, and example texts with accompanying notes make this book ideal for any student studying English language or literature.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review 'A godsend to anyone who wants to read and understand texts in more than just one older period of English. This is a highly readable, improved and enlarged second edition.' - Olga Fischer, University of Amsterdam 'It's engaging approach, its unpretentious scholarship, and its lucid exposition of a broad and complex subject, recommend it as a fine textbook for anyone seeking to understand, both the history of the language, and how the linguistic and the literary interconnect in Early English writing.' - Catherine Batt, University of Leeds, UK

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Author's Bio

Jeremy Smith is Reader in English Language at the University of Glasgow and has been actively teaching Early English for 20 years. He is the author of An Historical Study of English (1996)

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