The History of the English Language

The History of the English Language

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The History of the English Language

The History of the English Language

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The following chapters are based on lectures given for several years past at Cornell University. These lectures were intended to embody some of the more recent investigations in English philology and serve as an introduction to the history of the English language. This will explain in brief the origin of the book now published. Some further words as to its plan may not be out of place.

It will be noted that the author has emphasized throughout the development of the native element in English. This has been done because many studies of the English language seem to give undue prominence to the foreign element, and to leave an incorrect impression as to what would have been the development of our mother tongue if there had been no such contact with foreign nations as has taken place in the history of the English people. Such an incorrect impression results mainly from a wrong conception of the Norman conquest and of its effect upon the English language. The Middle English period has therefore been treated with special fulness, in order to show the real relation of the conquest by the Normans to the language of the conquered people. In this part my indebtedness to the historians Freeman and Stubbs will . . .

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