An Historical Study of English: Function, Form, and Change

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Suggestions for further reading

The following is a list of book-length resources and studies relevant to the argument of this book. No claims of fullness are made here; this list simply represents some works the present author has found useful. All books mentioned contain their own suggestions for further reading, including discussions of earlier controversies. Full bibliographical details appear in the list of References. Those suitable for beginners are marked *; those of special importance or usefulness are marked +. A major limitation is that this list of suggestions for further reading is restricted to works written in or translated into English; thus, for instance, K. Luick's extremely important (although incomplete) Historische Grammatik der englischen Sprache (1964) has not been included.


BIBLIOGRAPHIES
Fisiak, J., A Bibliography of Writings for the History of the English Language (1987).
Tajima, M., Old and Middle English Language Studies: a Classified Bibliography (1988).

ENCYCLOPEDIA
+Asher, R. and Simpson, J.M.Y. (eds), The Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics (10 vols) (1994) (An extraordinarily useful, major survey of the whole field of linguistic study, with many bibliographies and suggestions for further reading.)

DICTIONARIES ETC.
BBC English Dictionary (1992).
Chambers Dictionary (1993).
Concise Scots Dictionary (1985).
English Dialect Dictionary (1898).
Middle English Dictionary (1952-).
Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology (1966).
Oxford English Dictionary (2nd edn, 1989).

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations viii
  • Plates ix
  • Preface x
  • Acknowledgements xiii
  • Symbols and Signs, Mainly Phonetic xvi
  • Part I 1
  • 1 - Introduction 3
  • 2 - On Evidence 13
  • 3 - Linguistic Evolution 39
  • Part II 53
  • 4 - Transmission I: Change in Writing-System 55
  • 5 - Transmission Ii: Sound-Change 79
  • 6 - Change in the Lexicon 112
  • 7 - Grammatical Change 141
  • Part III 163
  • 8 - Two Varieties in Context 165
  • 9 - Conclusion 194
  • Notes 197
  • Suggestions for Further Reading 201
  • References 207
  • Index 216
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