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The English Language Robert W. Burchfield

The English Language par Robert W. Burchfield

The English Language Robert W. Burchfield


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Résumé

From the days of runes to the origins of printing, through the rise of the British Empire and the development of world English, and into the 20th century, the English language has undergone sweeping changes. This text traces the history of the language from the 5th century AD to the present day.

The English Language Résumé

The English Language Robert W. Burchfield

'The English language is like a fleet of juggernaut trucks that goes on regardless.' In this fascinating book, Robert Burchfield, editor of the four-volume Supplement to the Oxford English Dictionary, expertly stresses both the resilience and flexibility of the English language, tracing its history from the 5th century AD to the present day. From the days of runes to the origins of printing, through social, religious, political and industrial change in the eighteenth century, through the rise of the British Empire and the development of world English, and into the twentieth-century, the English language has undergone sweeping changes. 'the best brief survey I have read on the development of English' Anthony Burgess; 'an expert, absorbing guide to the English-speaking world's biggest asset' Sunday Times; 'It can be recommended without reservation to all who are sensitive to the subtlety, richness and power of the language they speak' British Book News; 'so skilfully written that it must surely take a place among the best three or four books ever written about our language' Birmingham Post

Sommaire

PREFACE; CONTENTS; LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS; ABBREVIATIONS; PHONETIC SYMBOLS; 1. Some Preliminary Considerations; 2. From Runes to Printing; 3. From William Caxton to George Washington: 1476 to 1776; 4. The Disjunctive Period: 1776 to the Present Day; 5. Literature, Ritualistic Works, and the Language; 6. The Recording of English in Dictionaries and Grammars; 7. Vocabulary; 8. Pronunciation and Spelling; 9. The Syntactical Arrangement of Words; 10. Dispersed Forms of English; AFTERWORD; NOTES; BIBLIOGRAPHY; INDEX

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GOR003534001
9780198604037
0198604033
The English Language Robert W. Burchfield
Occasion - Très bon état
Broché
Oxford University Press
20020725
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