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, this book 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

Section 1
5
Section 2
7
Section 3
12
Section 4
14
Section 5
29
Section 6
45
Section 7
53
Section 8
59
Section 9
73
Section 10
89
Section 11
103
Section 12
118
Section 13
134
Section 14
149
Section 15
155
Section 16
161

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Terttu Nevalainen is Professor and Chair of the Department of English, and Director of the Research Unit for Variation and Change in English, at the University of Helsinki.

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