The Oxford History of the English Language

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1.1.Migrations of the Anglo-Saxons and other Germanic peoples in the early centuries AD9
1.2.The Indo-European language group12
1.3.The first six letters of the early futhark found on a bracteate [thin gold medallion] from Vadstena in Sweden22
2.1.Dialect areas in Anglo-Saxon England36
2.2.Lines 2677–87 of the manuscript of Beowulf39
2.3.The Anglo-Saxon futhorc42
2.4.Part of the runic inscription on the Ruthwell Cross, County Dumfries43
3.1.Scandinavian settlement in Anglo-Saxon England64
3.2.The inscribed sundial at Aldbrough, East Riding of Yorkshire80
4.1.Dialect areas in Middle English92
4.2.The main distributions of selected forms for the pronoun ‘she’ in later Middle English100
5.1.Caxton's English: a passage from Caxton's The Myrrour of the World142
6.1.The opening pages of Richard Hodges, The English Primrose (1644)153
6.2.The Great Vowel Shift156
6.3.The Great Vowel Shift157
6.4.The Great Vowel Shift?171
7.1.Increasing use of the third-person singular -(e)s in personal letters between 1500 and 1660187
7.2.Regional spread of -(e)s in verbs other than have and do189
7.3.Periphrastic do in affirmative statements, 1500–1710201
7.4.Periphrastic do in negative statements, 1500–1710203
7.5.Periphrastic do in affirmative statements in personal letters, 1580–1630204
7.6.Periphrastic do in affirmative statements in Older Scots, 1500–1700205
9.1.Geographical mobility in eighteenth-century Britain245
10.1.Queen Victoria's Speech to the Houses on Opening Parliament in 1863, translated into the Dorset dialect293
10.2.‘Th’ Dickshonary’, by Teddy Ashton295


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