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By Richard Hogg, David Denison

ISBN-10: 0511168934

ISBN-13: 9780511168932

ISBN-10: 0521662273

ISBN-13: 9780521662277

The historical past and improvement of English, from the earliest identified writings to its prestige at the present time as a dominant international language, is a topic of significant value to linguists and historians. during this ebook, a group of overseas specialists hide the whole recorded historical past of the English language, outlining its improvement over fifteen centuries. With an emphasis on newer classes, each key degree within the heritage of the language is roofed, with complete bills of standardisation, names, the distribution of English in Britain and North the United States, and its international unfold. New old surveys of the the most important features of the language are offered, and old adjustments that experience affected English are taken care of as a continual procedure, supporting to provide an explanation for the form of the language at the present time. this entire and updated heritage of English can be critical to all complicated scholars, students and academics during this renowned box.

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None of the above is intended to deny the growing presence of French loanwords in everyday language. However, we have to be careful about some aspects of that vocabulary. For example, the introduction of French loans for food, such as beef, pork and mutton, is sometimes held to demonstrate a considerable degree of bilingualism. This view owes a great deal to Scott’s Ivanhoe, which claims that animals on the hoof were called by their English names, but by French names when cooked. The initial reaction is to believe that; it is only when we recall terms such as English lamb (alongside mutton) or Anglo-Norman cattle alongside English cow that its plausibility diminishes.

In the United States, Canada and Australia, elementary education was becoming compulsory by the late nineteenth century. The first high school in the USA was founded in 1821. Schooling has obvious consequences for literacy, for knowledge of the English of other times and other places, for social contact, and – to varying degrees – for deliberate regulation of dialect and grammar and attempts at standardisation. Education changes language use. e. private’) grew up in all parts of England through the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries as the schools of the governing e´ lite, preparing boys for positions in government at home and in the empire, and for the universities and the professions.

There was terrible suffering during the civil war between Stephen and Matilda in the mid-twelfth century. During this anarchic time Winchester was burned down and power finally passed to Westminster. The Hundred Years’ War between England and France lasted on and off from 1337 to 1453. Its effects were greater on France, where the fighting took place, but it cost England dear in lives, resources, and all but a fragment of its once large French territories, of relevance too in the growth of English nationalism and the decline of Anglo-French.

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