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A History of the English Language, Fifth Edition

A HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE, FIFTH EDITION

by: Baugh, Albert C.
Format: Hardcover

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Product Description Comprehensive and balanced, this classic exploration of the history of the English language combines internal linguistic history and external cultural history—from the Middle Ages to the present. Emphasis is on the political, social and cultural forces that affect language. Reflects the latest trends and statistics of the last ten years in a revised and updated chapter 1, English Present and Future. Provides a new section on Gender Issues and Linguistic Change in Chapter 10. Includes a thorough revision of Chapter 11, The English Language in America, including updated material on African American Vernacular English. Discusses Black English and varieties of English in Africa and Asia, as well as varieties in the United States, Australia, and Canada. Includes a map of American dialects. Provides examples of twentieth-century vocabulary. For multilingual readers or anyone who wishes to develop a well-rounded understanding of present-day English. From the Back Cover Comprehensive and balanced, this classic exploration of the history of the English language combines internal linguistic history and external cultural history-from the Middle Ages to the present. This market-leading text encourages readers to develop both an understanding of present-day English and an enlightened attitude toward questions affecting the language today. Features in the New Edition include: A thoroughly revised and updated Chapter 1, English Present and Future, reflecting the latest trends and statistics of the last ten years A new section in Chapter 10, Gender Issues and Linguistic Change, providing a balanced and current perspective on an important social topic Thorough revision of Chapter 11, The English Language in America, with updated material on African American Vernacular English The traditional strengths of the text remain, including: An emphasis on the political, social, and cultural forces that affect language The use of traditional phonetic notation to help pronunciation A map of American dialects and examples of twentieth-century vocabulary demonstrating differences in American English and comparisons of current English to earlier versions Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. Before the present author ever became associated with Albert C. Baugh's A History of the English Language, several generations of teachers and students had appreciated its enduring qualities. Not least of these, and often remarked upon, was the full attention paid to the historical and cultural setting of the development of the language. This original emphasis has made it possible for subsequent editions to include discussions of current issues and varieties of English in ways that could not have been specifically foreseen in 1935. The fifth edition continues this updating by expanding the sections on African American Varnacular English and Hispanic American English, adding a section on Gender Issues and Linguistic Change, and incorporating small changes throughout. Once again global events have affected global English and necessitated revisions, especially in the first and last chapters. Baugh's original text was supported by footnotes and bibliographies that not only acknowledged the sources of his narrative but also pointed directions for further study and research. In each successive edition new references have been added. To avoid documentary growth, sprawl, and incoherence by simple accretion, the present edition eliminates a number of references that have clearly been susperseded. At the same time it keeps many that might not usually be consulted by students in order to give a sense of the foundations and progress of the study of the subject. In the first edition Baugh stated his aim as follows: The present book, intended primarily for college students, aims to present the historical development of English in such a way as to preserve a proper balance between what may be called internal history? so

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Product Code: 9780130151667
ISBN: 0130151661
Publisher: Longman
Publication Date: 2001-11-19
Number of Pages: 447 pages
Languages: english
Edition: 5th
Dimension: 6.1 x 0.91 x 9.02 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.45 pounds