- By J.D. Burnley

The History of the English Language: A Source Book

  • Title: The History of the English Language: A Source Book
  • Author: J.D. Burnley
  • ISBN: 9780582312630
  • Page: 210
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The History of the English Language A Source Book This comprehensive guide to the English language was first published in It features carefully chosen extracts that illustrate the development of English examining particularly the stylistic vari

    This comprehensive guide to the English language was first published in 1992 It features carefully chosen extracts that illustrate the development of English, examining particularly the stylistic variety of the language.

    1 thought on “The History of the English Language: A Source Book

    1. This is one of the few books from my college days that I actually revisit for personal entertainment. Chronologically organized from Old English to Modern, this book is perfect for anyone with a fondness for very old things. The informative sections are ideal for both historians and linguists. Best of all, though, are the included writing samples. Latin, Old English, Middle English it's all there for your translating pleasure. This is a true gem of nerd joy.

    2. Just what it says it is: a source book. This book contains small excerpts from every period of the English language's history and some of it is actually interesting to read. All of it, though, is informative and appropriate for the points the author is trying to communicate.

    3. A great source for texts like the preface of Johnson's Dictionary and the OED, "The Battle of Brunanburh," "Caedmon's Hymn," parallel passages from English Bibles, etc.

    4. English readers should read this first. Using ancient texts it gives an overview of the history of the English language from the first old Norse writing through to modern English.

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