A Biography of the English Language 3rd Edition

C.M. Millward, Mary Hayes

  • © 2012
  • Published
  • Previous Editions 1996
  • 496 Pages


The third edition of A BIOGRAPHY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE continues to examine the structure of language. The textbook discusses three important issues: languages and language change are systematic; the inner history of a language is profoundly affected by its outer history of political and culural events; and the English of the past has everywhere left its traces on present-day English. By uncovering the language’s past, one can better communicate with it.

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What's New

  • The third edition has been revised thoroughly for clarity and currency, including updated bibliography and references.
  • Two new appendices include a timeline of significant events in the development of English language, as well as a grammar review to aid study of morphology and syntax.
  • A new appendix features one passage from Boethius’ CONSOLATION OF PHILOSOPHY rendered in Old English, Middle English, Early Modern English, and Present-Day English for comparison of language through major periods of development.
  • IPA and sounds of English are now found on the text’s inside covers for easy reference.
  • Some text is keyed to workbook exercises.

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