History of English

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    This Language, A River

    This Language, A River is an introduction to the history of English that recognizes multiple varieties of the language in both current and historical contexts.…

  • An Introduction to Middle English

    An Introduction to Middle English combines an elementary grammar of the English language from about 1100 to about 1500 with a selection of texts for…

  • Old English Reader

    The texts in this reader include prose, metrical prose, and poetry, and represent a variety of genres (saints’ lives and metrical charms as well as…

  • A Gentle Introduction to Old English

    This book is designed to ease the beginner into competent reading of Old English texts. It presents the essential points of Old English grammar and…

  • A History of Old English Literature

    Alexander’s A History of Old English Literature is an outstanding introduction to a difficult period of literary history. It provides a simple historical and cultural…

  • American English

    This book is a cultural-historical (rather than purely linguistic) introduction to American English. The first part consists of a general account of variation in American…