This volume provides a comprehensive account of Early Modern English, organized by linguistic level. The volume not only presents detailed outlines of the traditional language levels, it also explores key questions and debates, such as do-periphrasis, the Great Vowel Shift, pronouns and relativization, literary language (including the language of Shakespeare), and sociolinguistics, including contact and standardization.
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
Alexander Bergs, Osnabrück, Germany;
Laurel Brinton, Vancouver, Canada.