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An Introduction to Early Modern English : Edinburgh Textbooks on the English Language - Terttu Nevalainen

An Introduction to Early Modern English

Edinburgh Textbooks on the English Language

Paperback Published: 19th January 2006
ISBN: 9780748615247
Number Of Pages: 192

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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. The volume includes: *The major changes in English from the 15th to the 18th century *Emphasis on long-term linguistic developments *Sources for the study of Early Modern English *Illustrations ranging from drama and personal letters to trials and early science *Exercises encouraging further exploration of the changing English language.

The early modern English periodp. 1
Sources for the study of early modern Englishp. 12
Towards a standard languagep. 29
Old words and loan wordsp. 45
Word-formation and semantic changep. 59
Nouns and pronounsp. 73
Verbs, adjectives and adverbsp. 89
Syntactic structuresp. 103
Changing pronunciationp. 118
Language in the communityp. 134
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ISBN: 9780748615247
ISBN-10: 0748615245
Series: Edinburgh Textbooks on the English Language
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 19th January 2006
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.7 x 14.0  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.25