An Introduction to Early Modern English

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Oxford University Press, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 176 pages
An Introduction to Early Modern English, helps students of English and linguistics to place the language of the period 1500-1700 in its historical context as a language with a common core but also one which varies across time, regionally and socially, and according to register. The volume focuses on the structure of what contemporaries called the General Dialect--its spelling, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation--and on its dialectal origins. The book also discusses the language situation and linguistic anxieties in England at a time when Latin exerted a strong influence on the rising standard language.
 

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Contents

Sources for the study of Early Modern English
12
Towards a standard language
29
Old words and loan words
45
Wordformation and semantic change
59
Nouns and pronouns
73
Verbs adjectives and adverbs
89
Syntactic structures
103
Language in the community
134
Early Modern English texts
149
References
161
Index
171
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