An Introduction to Early Modern English

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Edinburgh University Press, 2006 - English language - 176 pages
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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 as 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 pronunciation - 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. The volume includes:*The major changes in English from the 15th to the 18th century*Emphasis on long-term linguistic developments*Sources for the study of Early Modern English*Illustrations ranging from drama and personal letters to trials and early science*Exercises encouraging further exploration of the changing English language.

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Terttu Nevalainen is professor of English philology at the University of Helsinki and has taught the history of English in Finland and in England.

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