A Companion to the History of the English Language by Haruko Momma, Michael Matto

By Haruko Momma, Michael Matto

A spouse to the background of the English Language addresses the linguistic, cultural, social, and literary techniques to language examine. the 1st textual content to supply a whole survey of the sector, this quantity offers the main up to date insights of best overseas scholars.

  • An obtainable connection with the heritage of the English language
  • Comprises greater than sixty essays written through best foreign scholars
  • Aids literature scholars in incorporating language learn into their work
  • Includes an ancient survey of the English language, from its Germanic and Indo- ecu beginnings to trendy British and American English
  • Enriched with maps, diagrams, and illustrations from old publications
  • Introduces the newest scholarship within the field

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This invisibility of language in literary studies is a relatively recent phenomenon, however. Historically speaking, the practice of coupling “language” and “literature” for an academic study of English goes back to the nineteenth century when the discipline of modernlanguage studies was developed within the paradigm of the new philology, which placed emphasis on the historicity of the vernaculars. Prior to modern philology, the literary education of the West had long concerned the study of Latin (and Greek), for which the mastering of grammar was a prerequisite for the study of rhetoric.

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3 Essential Linguistics Mary Blockley How much linguistics is necessary in a History of the English Language course for a literature student? How much should a student of literature know about language studies? I take these questions as an invitation to think about the minimal amount of linguistics needed to convey change in English over at least the last thousand years. I chose not to focus on the outcomes of the four or so main stages of English that provide the organizing principle of most overviews.

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