This Language, A River
A History of English
  • Publication Date: December 15, 2017
  • ISBN: 9781554813629 / 155481362X
  • 325 pages; 6" x 9"
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This Language, A River

A History of English

  • Publication Date: December 15, 2017
  • ISBN: 9781554813629 / 155481362X
  • 325 pages; 6" x 9"

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. Developed over years of undergraduate teaching, the book helps students to both grasp traditional histories of English, and also to extend and complicate those histories. Exercises throughout provide opportunities for puzzling out concepts, committing terms and data to memory, and applying ideas. A comprehensive glossary and up-to-date bibliographies help to guide further study.

Preface

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Grammar Fundamentals

    Section 1: Parts of Speech
    Section 2: Basic Syntactic Relations for Nouns
    Section 3: Sentences

Chapter 3: Before English

    Section 1: Before English
    Section 2: The Genetic Model
    Section 3: The Proto-IE Nominal Group
    Section 4: The Proto-IE Verbal Group

Chapter 4: Introduction to Phonetics and the International Phonetics Alphabet

    Section 1: Introduction to Phonetics and the International Phonetics Alphabet
    Section 2: The International Phonetic Alphabet
    Section 3: Describing the Sounds of English
    Section 4: Practice with IPA

Chapter 5: Germanic

    Section 1: Migration of the Indo-Europeans
    Section 2: Development of Germanic
    Section 3: Distinctive Features of Germanic

Chapter 6: A Review of Four Important Terms and Concepts

Chapter 7: Old English

    Section 1: The Early External History
    Section 2: OE Orthography and Phonology
    Section 3: The OE Verbal Group
    Section 4: The OE Nominal Group
    Section 5: OE Syntax
    Section 6: OE and Old Norse
    Section 7: OE Literature

Chapter 8: Middle English

    Section 1: The Norman Conquest
    Section 2: The Reemergence of English
    Section 3: Orthography and Phonology
    Section 4: The ME Nominal Group
    Section 5: The ME Verbal Group
    Section 6: Literature in the ME Period

Chapter 9: Early Modern English

    Section 1: The Early Modern Period and the Age of Print
    Section 2: Phonology
    Section 3: Morphology and Syntax
    Section 4: The Early Modern English Verbal Group
    Section 5: Standardization and Prescription

Chapter 10: The Modern Period and Global Englishes

    Section 1: Colonialization
    Section 2: American English
    Section 3: Global Englishes

Glossary of Terms

K. Aaron Smith and Susan M. Kim are Professors of English at Illinois State University.

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