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Published: 01 March 2017

640 Pages | 60 figures; 14 photos; 64 tables; 9 maps

ISBN: 9780199019151

Bookseller Code (06)

The English Language

A Linguistic History

Third Edition

Laurel J. Brinton and Leslie K. Arnovick

  • Canadian content. The English Language is the only text on the market to provide students with the history of the English language from a uniquely Canadian perspective, including discussion of the Canadian vernacular, maps of regional dialects, and comparative coverage of Canadian and international treatments of the English language.
  • Expanded coverage of socio-historical and cultural contexts in language development. The new "Language in Context" feature gives students increased coverage of socio-historical and cultural contexts in language development, which dovetails with the book's strong linguistic history.
  • Now includes an appendix of readings. The third edition provides students with a new appendix of "everyday English," consisting of 12 specimen texts from Old, Middle, Early Modern, and Late Modern English. These readings include plays, letters, diaries, trial transcripts, sermons, and charms, chosen for their use of colloquial and non-literary language.
  • Highly-praised in-text exercises. The in-text exercises skillfully help students to retain what they have learned and challenge their mastery of topics without intimidating them.
  • Accessible resources. Online resources include OED tutorials, audio recordings, self-test exercises, and web links, helping students who are new to the field to broaden their understanding of the English language.

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