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The history of the English language : a source book /
David Burnley.
edition
2nd ed.
imprint
Harlow, England ; New York : Longman, 2000.
description
xxii, 418 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0582312639, 9780582312630
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imprint
Harlow, England ; New York : Longman, 2000.
isbn
0582312639
9780582312630
catalogue key
4382448
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [408]-414) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
David Burnley is Head of the Department of English Language and Linguistics at the University of Sheffield.
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Appeared in Choice on 1992-07:
Some of the passages chosen here to exemplify the five conventional periods of English language history are often found in this kind of reader, but some are refreshingly unusual. Burnley (University of Sheffield) provides readable, short introductions to each period and selection, and good notes. He also aims to illustrate dialectal and stylistic variation. Selections from the earliest stages are translated on the facing page. Although acknowledging the spread of English after 1800, Burnley rather provincially rules such varieties as American and Indian English as outside the scope of his book. But one would hate to see the letters from WW I soldiers sacrificed in the Modern English section, even if it meant including a passage from Huckleberry Finn. Burnley provides a good accompaniment to a book like Baugh and Cable's History of the English Language (3rd ed., 1978), but A.C. Rigg's The English Language: A Historical Reader, (1968) is better suited to introducing the student to comparative-historical methods. K. A. Robb Bowling Green State University
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"xxx; he provides 50 or so texts, attractively presented, well edited and in the case of earlier texts helpfully translatedxxx;" Times Literary Supplement "As a representation of the development of the English language trough various texts, this is an excellent book. As far as general reading goes, there is something here of potential interest to anyone wishing to know about their language and culture." Lore and Language, 1996
  "xxx; he provides 50 or so texts, attractively presented, well edited and in the case of earlier texts helpfully translatedxxx;"   Times Literary Supplement   "As a representation of the development of the English language trough various texts, this is an excellent book. As far as general reading goes, there is something here of potential interest to anyone wishing to know about their language and culture."   Lore and Language, 1996
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'... he provides 50 or so texts, attractively presented, well edited and in the case of earlier texts helpfully translated...' Times Literary Supplement This second edition of The History of the English Language: A Sourcebook provides a comprehensive and accessible guide to the origins and development of the English language. First published in 1992, the book contains over fifty illustrative passages, drawn from the oldest English to the twentieth century. The passages are contextualised by individual introductions and grouped into the traditional periods of Old English, Early Middle English, Later Middle English, Early Modern English and Modern English. These periods are connected by brief essays explaining the major linguistic developments associated with each period, to produce a continuous outline history. For this new edition Professor Burnley has expanded the outline of linguistic features at each of the main chronological divisions and included more selections and illustrations. A new section has also been included to illustrate the language of advertising from the 18th century to the present. The book will be of general interest to all those interested in the origins and development of the English language, and in particular to students and teachers of the history of the English language at A-level and university. David Burnley is Head of the Department of English Language and Linguistics at the University of Sheffield. His academic career has focused on the languages and literature of the medieval period, making a special point of the connections between language, literature and culture. His previous publications include the books: Chaucer's Language and the Philosopher's Tradition (1979), The Language of Chaucer (1989), An Annotated Bibliography of the Language of Middle English Literature (with Matsuji Tajima, 1994), Courtliness and Literature in Medieval England (1998).
Bowker Data Service Summary
This comprehensive history of the English language was first published in 1992. It features carefully chosen extracts that illustrate the development of English, examining particularly the stylistic variety of the language.
Long Description
A new edition of this comprehensive guide to the history of the English language. The book contains carefully chosen extracts to illustrate the development of English, looking particularly at the stylistic and dialectical variety of English. For the new edition Professor Burnley has expanded the introductory sections, added new selections and increased the number of illustrations. He has also included a newsection covering newspaper advertisements from the 18th Century to the present. A popular guide which explores the development of English from Aelfric to Darwin.
Main Description
The new edition of this comprehensive guide to the history of the English language contains carefully chosen extracts to illustrate the development of English, looking particularly at the stylistic and dialectical variety of English.
Table of Contents
List of Platesp. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xii
Preface to the First Editionp. xiii
Preface to the Second Editionp. xv
Abbreviationsp. xvii
Symbolsp. xviii
Chronologyp. xx
Old English (700-1100)p. 1
Dialect Textsp. 9
The Vespasian Psalter glossp. 9
The Lindisfarne Gospel glossp. 13
A Kentish Charterp. 18
Alfred's Preface to the Pastoral Carep. 20
Caedmonp. 29
A Homily of AElfricp. 39
AElfric's Cosmologyp. 45
The Battle of Brunanburhp. 51
The Battle of Maldonp. 57
Early Middle English (1100-1300)p. 65
The Peterborough Chroniclep. 70
First Continuation (1127)p. 72
Final Continuation (1154)p. 78
The Ormulump. 82
Vices and Virtuesp. 92
The Ancrene Wissep. 101
A Kentish Sermon: The Marriage at Canap. 111
A Proclamation of Henry III (1258)p. 116
The South English Legendaryp. 121
Kyng Alisaunderp. 128
Later Middle English (1300-1500)p. 137
Robert Mannyng's Chronicle of Englandp. 145
The Pearlp. 151
Geoffrey Chaucerp. 159
'The Reeve's Tale'p. 162
Troilus and Criseyde, Prologue to Book IIp. 164
A Letter from the Corporation of London to Henry V (1417)p. 171
The Study of the Vernacular in Medieval Englandp. 175
The Preface to a Wycliffite Biblical Concordancep. 175
A Fifteenth-Century Text on Phoneticsp. 181
Osbern Bokenham's Mappula Angliaep. 185
A Paston letterp. 191
Malory, 'The Giant of St Michael's Mount'p. 195
The Winchester textp. 198
Caxton's textp. 201
John Skelton, translation of the Bibliotheca Historica of Diodorus Siculusp. 205
Early Modern English (1500-1800)p. 211
Thomas Wilson, The Arte of Rhetoriquep. 216
The Diary of Henry Machynp. 222
John Lyly, Euphues or The Anatomy of Witp. 226
Letters of Queen Elizabeth I and King James VI of Scotlandp. 233
Queen Elizabeth's letterp. 234
King James's letterp. 235
George Puttenham, The Arte of English Poesiep. 238
Thomas Nashep. 245
From the Preface to Christs Teares over Jerusalemp. 245
From The Unfortunate Travellerp. 247
Shakespeare, Love's Labour's Lost, Act V, scene ip. 252
Thomas Dekker, The Guls Horne-bookep. 260
John Donnep. 266
Seventeenth Meditationp. 267
'Song'p. 268
'The good-morrow'p. 269
The Letters of Lady Brilliana Harleyp. 272
John Milton, from Paradise Lost, Book IIp. 278
Sir Isaac Newton, Opticksp. 286
Alexander Pope, The Rape of the Lockp. 290
Daniel Defoe, A Tour through the Whole Island of Great Britainp. 298
From the Preface to Johnson's Dictionaryp. 304
Fanny Burney, a letter from Bath, 8 September 1791p. 310
Modern English (1800-1920)p. 315
Thomas Carlyle, Signs of the Timesp. 321
Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papersp. 326
Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heightsp. 331
Charles Darwin, The Descent of Manp. 337
From the General Explanations to the New English Dictionaryp. 342
Henry Bradley, Review of the New English Dictionaryp. 349
Henry Sweet, The Practical Study of Languagesp. 356
Soldiers' letters home in World War Ip. 361
Two letters from Captain Talbotp. 362
Excerpt from a letter by Private Sweeneyp. 364
D. H. Lawrence, 'Fanny and Annie'p. 368
Appendixp. 375
The English Biblep. 388
Mark 6: 18-30p. 389
Matthew 7: 13-29p. 393
The Marriage Service in Englishp. 399
References and background readingp. 408
Indexp. 415
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