Story of English [electronic resource] : How an Obscure Dialect Became the World's Most-Spoken Language.
- ISBN: 9781843179238 (electronic bk.)
- ISBN: 1843179237 (electronic bk.)
- Physical Description: 1 online resource (251 p.)
- Publisher: London : Michael O' Mara Books, 2012.
|General Note:|| Description based upon print version of record.
|Formatted Contents Note:|| Cover; Title page; Copyright page; Acknowledgements; Contents; INTRODUCTION; PART ONE: THE CELTS AND THE ROMANS (40 BC TO AD 450); Continental Celtic versus Insular Celtic; The Ogham Alphabet; The Roman Invasion; PART TWO: THE RISE OF OLD ENGLISH (AD 450 TO 1066); Anglo-Saxons; The Runic Alphabet; Old English and Christianity; The Old English Alphabet; The Lindisfarne Gospels; Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People; Viking Marauders: The Influence of Old Norse; Alfred the Great; The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle; The Riddles of the Exeter Book; Beowulf; Angles, Saxons and Jutes
PART THREE: MIDDLE ENGLISH: GEOFFREY CHAUCER AND ALL THAT (1066 TO 1475)The Domesday Book; Norman French: The Language of Class and Culture; The Middle-English Creole Hypothesis; The Ormulum; Wycliffe's Bible; Chaucer and The Canterbury Tales; The Decline of French; Chancery Standard; The Great Vowel Shift; A Language United?; PART FOUR: EARLY MODERN ENGLISH: A LEVIATHAN OF LANGUAGE (1475 TO 1670); William Caxton and the Printing Press; Le Morte d'Arthur; William Tyndale's Bible Translations; Punctuation, Pronouns and Standardized Spelling; Tottel's Miscellany; The Inkhorn Debate
The Campaign for Plain English?The Bard and the Renaissance Theatre; 'False Friends' and Faux Pas; Sir Francis Bacon; The King James Bible; Thomas Hobbes's Leviathan; John Milton and Paradise Lost; PART FIVE: LATE MODERN ENGLISH: TOWARDS A GLOBAL LANGUAGE (1670 TO 1900); Alexander Pope; Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language; The Hammer Blows of Grammar; The Language of Industry; American English and Webster's Dictionary; The Ultimate Worde Horde: The Story of The Oxford English Dictionary; The Language of Empire; PART SIX: POST-MODERN ENGLISH; Slang and Euphemisms
BBC English versus Estuary EnglishSinglish and Spanglish; Digital English; Select Bibliography; Index;
|Summary, etc.:|| Illustrates the history of how the relatively obscure dialects spoken by tribes from what are Denmark, the Low Countries and northern Germany, became the most widely spoken language in the world, and of how that language evolved during the last two millennia.
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