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An introduction to early modern English

By: Nevalainen, Terttu

Part of the Edinburgh Textbooks on the English Language series
0748615245 / 9780748615247
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22 cm x, 176 p. : ill.
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Published in Scotland.

This is a comprehensive introduction to a key period in the development of English.

An introduction to Early Modern English, this book helps students of English and linguistics to place the language of the period 1500-1700 in its historical context as a language with a common core; but also as one which varies across time, regionally and socially, and according to register.

The volume focuses on the structure of what contemporaries called the General Dialect - its spelling, vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation - and on its dialectal origins.

The book also discusses the language situation and linguistic anxieties in England at a time when Latin exerted a strong influence on the rising standard language.


2AB English, 3JB c 1500 to c 1600, 3JD c 1600 to c 1700, CFF Historical & comparative linguistics

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