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Volume 1 Historical Outlines from Sound to Text

Series: Mouton Reader
Edited by: Laurel J. Brinton and Alexander Bergs

The volume provides a comprehensive overview of the history of English and explores key questions and debates. A re-evaluation of the concept of periodization is followed by overviews of changes in the traditional linguistic areas – phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics – and chapters on prosody, idioms, fixed expressions, onomastics, orthography, register, and standardization, among others.

  • Comprehensive coverage of the history of English and of major varieties of English
  • Synopsis of current research into key questions and debates in English historical linguistics
  • Individual chapters written by leading authorities in the field
  • Author Information

    Laurel Brinton, Vancouver, Canada; Alexander Bergs, Osnabrück, Germany.


    "Much of this History will indeed be of terrific use to teachers, who may well want to select particular papers to augment classroom discussion. In view of how this account affirms a kind of resolved, untroubled history of the language, teachers may also want to contextualize some of the discussions by addressing how limitations of historical evidence can constrain any conclusions drawn from it, or how methodology can shape data and vice versa.Thiis valuable and useful series would thereby become an opportunity to open up discussion of English-language historiography."
    Tim William Machan in: Modern Language Review 114.3 (2019), 538-539

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    Audience: Graduate students and scholars in (English) historical linguistics; specialists in Old, Middle, and Early Modern English