The volume provides an in-depth account of Old English, organized by linguistic level. Individual chapters investigate the state-of-the art in the linguistics of Old English and explore key areas of debate such as dialectology, language contact, standardization, and literary language. The volume sets the scene with a chapter on pre-Old English and ends with a chapter discussing textual resources available for the study of earlier English.
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
Laurel Brinton, Vancouver, Canada;
Alexander Bergs, Osnabrück, Germany.