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By Richard Hogg, David Denison

ISBN-10: 0511168934

ISBN-13: 9780511168932

ISBN-10: 0521662273

ISBN-13: 9780521662277

The heritage and improvement of English, from the earliest identified writings to its prestige at the present time as a dominant international language, is a topic of significant value to linguists and historians. during this publication, a group of foreign specialists disguise the full recorded historical past of the English language, outlining its improvement over fifteen centuries. With an emphasis on newer classes, each key degree within the background of the language is roofed, with complete bills of standardisation, names, the distribution of English in Britain and North the US, and its international unfold. New historic surveys of the the most important elements of the language are awarded, and historic adjustments that experience affected English are handled as a continual approach, assisting to give an explanation for the form of the language this day. this entire and up to date historical past of English can be necessary to all complicated scholars, students and academics during this trendy box.

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And it was a major factor in the world economic dominance successively of Britain and the USA. Here we may note the large-scale building of canals (only significant from the late eighteenth century in Britain and the early nineteenth in the US) and, a few decades later, of railways. Dialect isoglosses tend to reflect political and ecclesiastical boundaries and natural barriers (rivers, mountains, and so on): limited communication inhibits linguistic contact. New methods of transport can link distant centres linguistically, so that changes no longer just spread smoothly across the country but may instead leapfrog the hinterland and jump from town to town.

3 National GDP in 1890. 7). 9 Britain was (with Spain, Portugal, France and the Netherlands) one of the European colonial powers which between them came to dominate much of the rest of the world for hundreds of years. The British maritime expansion only became significant from the seventeenth century onwards, when colonies were established in India, Southeast Asia, North America, the West Indies, Central America and Africa. These were essentially commercial ventures at first, sometimes acquired from another colonial power (whether by direct assault or as the prize for some other victory).

And that is just the European picture. The French department store chain Monoprix ran a clothing promotion in 2004 under the banner ‘Urban tendance’, explicitly intended to be an anglicisation of the French tendance urbaine ‘urban trend’. English doesn’t have to be fully understood to be influential. 6 The surviving historical texts If the main evidence for English pre-1900, indeed pre-1950, is written, the nature of the texts becomes important: it is clear that language varies considerably according to genre and register.

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