A History of the English Language


The present book, intended primarily for college students, aims to present the historical development of English in such a way as to 0. -- sounds and inflections -- and external history -- the political, social, and intellectual forces that have determined the course of that development at different periods. The writer is convinced that the soundest basis for an understanding of present-day English and for an enlightened attitude towards questions affecting the language today is a knowledge of the path which it has pursued in becoming what it is. For this reason equal attention has been paid to its earlier and its later stages.

The relation between the French and English languages in England in the period following the Norman Conquest has been treated in some detail and with rather full documentation, not only because the subject is one of great interest in itself but because it has so often been dealt with only in broad outline and unsupported generalization. The footnotes will be useful to him who wants them; to him who does not, they will be sufficiently harmless. The chapter bibliographies are intended as a guide to the scholarship on the subjects treated. The discriminating teacher can readily indicate those items which will prove of value to the more elementary student.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • London
Publication year:
  • 1959
  • 2nd


An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.