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From Old English to standard English : a course book in language variations across time (2nd ed)

By: FREEBORN D

Part of the Studies in English language series
0333691547 / 9780333691540
Hardback
429
30/06/1998
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England
24 cm 450p.
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Previous ed.: 1992.
Dennis Freeborn is the author of "A Course Book in English Grammar" and "Varieties of English".

A visual volume which traces the development of the language from Old English, through Middle and Early Middle English to the establishment of Standard English in the 18th century.

The core of the book is a series of nearly 200 historical texts, of which more than half are reproduced in facsimile, exemplifying the progressive changes in the language.

The book is firmly based upon linguistic description, with commentaries forming a series of case studies which demonstrate the evidence for language change at every level - handwriting, spelling, punctuation, vocabulary, grammar and meaning.

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