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An Historical Study of English: Function, Form and Change Jeremy J. Smith

An Historical Study of English: Function, Form and Change

Jeremy J. Smith

Published November 7th 1996
ISBN : 9780415132732
Paperback
225 pages
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Through his analysis of selected major developments in the history of English, Jeremy Smith argues that the history of the language can only be understood from a dynamic perspective. He proposes that internal linguistic mechanisms for language changeMoreThrough his analysis of selected major developments in the history of English, Jeremy Smith argues that the history of the language can only be understood from a dynamic perspective. He proposes that internal linguistic mechanisms for language change cannot be meaningfully explained in isolation or without reference to external linguistic factors. The reader is provided with a synthesis of recent developments in English historical linguistics. Other features of the text include: a look at the theory and methodology of linguistic historiography- a consideration of the major changes in writing systems, pronunciation and grammar- examples of these changes, such as the standardization of spellings and accent and the origins of the Great Vowel Shift- and a focus on the origins of two non-standard varieties - 18th century Scots and 20th- century British Black English. This book should be useful reading for students of English Historical linguistics, as well a contribution to the field.